Cape Argus

Donations for slain teen’s mom

- SHAKIRAH THEBUS shakirah.thebus@inl.co.za

THE mother of a slain 17-year-old boy with Down syndrome received muchneeded support from the Wyatt’s Down Syndrome Foundation.

Mikyle Bruiners was stabbed in the chest and died at a children’s playground on Saturday in Willow Walk, Parkwood.

Mikyle died in the arms of his grandmothe­r Ann Bruiners, 65, with whom he stayed in Beulah Court.

A few hours before the stabbing, Mikyle was robbed of a chain, given to him by his father, by four teenagers. The father of one of the teens returned the chain, but the boys then returned to threaten Mikyle. His uncle and stepfather were also stabbed.

The family received groceries and a cash donation as the global community commemorat­ed Internatio­nal Day of Persons with Disabiliti­es yesterday.

The foundation’s PR officer, Patsy Anthony said: “While the Wyatt’s Foundation observes the month of disability, we also highlight 16 Days of Activism for No Violence against Women and Children which runs concurrent­ly with Disability Month.”

Police spokespers­on FC van Wyk confirmed that two suspects, aged 14 and 16, were arrested on Tuesday and made a brief court appearance in the Wynberg Magistrate’s Court on Wednesday on a case of murder and two attempted murder cases.

Mikyle’s mother Charlene Bruiners said: “I’m very happy and glad (about the donation). I am thankful for them for cheering me up because I didn’t expect it.”

A memorial service was held at the playground yesterday.

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