Davidene Lucas breaks down at the funeral service for her one-year-old son Orderick who was murdered last month. Picture: Ayanda Ndamane/African News Agency (ANA)
Davidene Lucas breaks down at the funeral service for her one-year-old son Orderick who was murdered last month. Picture: Ayanda Ndamane/African News Agency (ANA)
Orderick Lucas was found in a stormwater drain early last month. He went missing on March 24 and his body was found a week later. Picture: Ayanda Ndamane/African News Agency (ANA)
Orderick Lucas was found in a stormwater drain early last month. He went missing on March 24 and his body was found a week later. Picture: Ayanda Ndamane/African News Agency (ANA)
Orderick's mother Davidene Lucas and his father, Kounkou Dziendelet, comfort each other at his funeral in Kleinvlei.  Picture: Ayanda Ndamane/African News Agency (ANA)
Orderick's mother Davidene Lucas and his father, Kounkou Dziendelet, comfort each other at his funeral in Kleinvlei. Picture: Ayanda Ndamane/African News Agency (ANA)
Ntombi Ntlemeza and Davidene Lucas, the mother of Orderick Lucas, attend his funeral at Teen Challenge Centre in Kleinvlei, Eersteriver.  Picture: Ayanda Ndamane/African News Agency (ANA)
Ntombi Ntlemeza and Davidene Lucas, the mother of Orderick Lucas, attend his funeral at Teen Challenge Centre in Kleinvlei, Eersteriver. Picture: Ayanda Ndamane/African News Agency (ANA)
Orderick Lucas' grandmother Cornelia Lucas is seen next to his coffin.  Picture: Ayanda Ndamane/African News Agency (ANA)
Orderick Lucas' grandmother Cornelia Lucas is seen next to his coffin. Picture: Ayanda Ndamane/African News Agency (ANA)
Picture: Ayanda Ndamane/African News Agency (ANA)
Picture: Ayanda Ndamane/African News Agency (ANA)
Picture: Ayanda Ndamane/African News Agency (ANA)
Picture: Ayanda Ndamane/African News Agency (ANA)
Picture: Ayanda Ndamane/African News Agency (ANA)
Picture: Ayanda Ndamane/African News Agency (ANA)
Picture: Ayanda Ndamane/African News Agency (ANA)
Picture: Ayanda Ndamane/African News Agency (ANA)
Picture: Ayanda Ndamane/African News Agency (ANA)
Picture: Ayanda Ndamane/African News Agency (ANA)
Picture: Ayanda Ndamane/African News Agency (ANA)
Picture: Ayanda Ndamane/African News Agency (ANA)
Davidene Lucas and Kounkou Dziendelet comfort each other during the funeral service for their murdered one-year-old son Orderick. Picture: Ayanda Ndamane/African News Agency (ANA)
Davidene Lucas and Kounkou Dziendelet comfort each other during the funeral service for their murdered one-year-old son Orderick. Picture: Ayanda Ndamane/African News Agency (ANA)

Cape Town - Davidene Lucas was inconsolable as family and friends gathered for the funeral service of her 22-month-old son Orderick who was murdered just over a month ago.

A large number of mourners gathered at the Teen Challenge Centre in Kleinvlei, Eersteriver, to say their final farewell to the little boy whose body was discovered in a stormwater drain a week after he disappeared on March 24. 

On Friday Melvin Volkwyn, the man accused of kidnapping and murdering little Orderick, appeared in the Blue Down’s Magistrate’s Court for a bail application.

The exact cause of Orderick's death has not yet been made public.

Video: Ayanda Ndamane/African News Agency (ANA)

An autopsy was conducted on April 3, one day after Orderick's body was found, according to a Forensic Pathology Services spokesperson.

"Visual identification was not possible and scientific identification was required. DNA was retained and submitted to the SAPS who were responsible for the identification," said Mark van der Heever.

Speaking to Independent Media earlier this week, grandmother Cecilia Lucas said the family, and especially Orderick's mother, are having a hard time coming to grips with the little boy's murder.

“Davidene can’t believe it and she has had a really tough time since seeing Orderick’s body for the first time since he went missing. She saw his body on Monday just before he was released to the funeral home in preparation for the funeral."

The toddler's murder has divided the community as many people believe that the suspect in police custody is not guilty.

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