Man shot nine times in the face, 20 overall

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Cape Town - He was shot nine times in the face and knew he was going to die, says the family of slain 28s gang member Gregory Isaacs.

He was killed in Belhar on Saturday before midnight.

After several threats and attempts on his life, Isaacs was allegedly shot more than 20 times.

A cross marks the spot where his body was found in Zonnebloem Avenue, the letters RIP written in white.

On Sunday, children played in the street while a group of residents sat underneath a tree.

His family, who wished to remain anonymous, said he was “no angel” but didn’t deserve to die so brutally.

“He was a 28s gang member and was in and out of prison,” said one relative.

The father of two was out of prison for four months and decided to leave the gang, said another.

“They shot at the house last week as well as a month ago.”

Isaacs’s 34-year-old sister said he told her to lock the door as he was on his way out at around 11.30pm on Saturday. “He said he will be home the next day and that is the last time I saw him.”

She remembers hearing several shots fired shortly after he left the house.

“When I heard the first shot I new something happened. There were more than 20 shots.

“I phoned him immediately and his friend answered the phone.

“He said that my brother had walked a different route and he will try and get hold of him.

“When his friend phoned back he told me that he was shot dead.”

She added that he wasn’t afraid of dying and knew that he would die.

Another relative said Isaacs was allegedly shot nine times in the face.

“The police said they found 26 bullet casings on the ground.

“It was just too brutal; they wanted to make sure that he was dead.

“We understand that his own friends shot him.”

Isaacs joined a gang from the age of 15 and started skipping school before eventually dropping out.

“He had a difficult time after he lost both parents by the age of 14.

“His father died of cancer when he was 13 years old and nine months; later his mom died from heart disease.

“He didn’t take their deaths very well.”

Lieutenant-Colonel Andrè Traut said the motive for the murder was being investigated.

No arrests had yet been made.

Cape Argus

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