69-year-old father kills grade 1 son, then shot himself in Cape Town

7-year-old pupil shot dead at the hands of his father before he turned the gun to himself, students, parents and teachers of the Panorama Primary School Welgelegen in Cape Town mourn for tragic death.

According to News24, 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.

69-year-old father kills grade 1 son, then shot himself in Cape Town

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, the school 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.”

Many parents and well-wishers responded to the post.

Joanne Elizabeth Lord-Reid wrote: “Sincere condolences to his mom and family. May his little soul rest in peace.”

Lundy Alexander posted: “Our deepest condolences to [Dylan’s mother] and your family. I am so heartbroken to hear this. You are in our thoughts and prayers and may Dylan’s beautiful little soul rest in peace. He will be dearly missed.”

Pictures of Dylan on his mother’s Facebook page depict him as a happy and active boy who played rugby, rode horses and participated in the school’s box cart race in March this year.

Western Cape police spokesperson Captain FC van Wyk said an inquest has been opened and a murder case has been opened following the incident.