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Cape Town father kills son, 7, before turning gun on himself

The motive for the murder-suicide is still unknown

A 7-year-old Grade 1 pupil at Panorama Primary School Welgelegen in Cape Town was shot and killed by his father in a suspected murder-suicide incident on Sunday.

The boy, Dylan Neethling, was shot in the early hours of Sunday morning by his 69-year-old father, before the man turned the gun on himself.

According to Western Cape police, the incident took place at around 03:00 on Sunday at the family’s home in Panorama.

In a message posted on its Facebook page, Panorama Primaryschool sent its condolences to Dylan’s family.

“Today we are very sad to be saying goodbye to a beautiful boy. Your unexpected death is a huge loss for us. We thank the Lord for the great privilege to have had Dylan be part of the Panorama family. Rest in the arms of our Heavenly Father. Till we meet again.”

Western Cape police spokesperson Captain FC van Wyk said the incident was under police investigation.

“An inquest and murder case docket was opened for investigation.”

More: News24

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