Ricardo Reiners, 9, shot by gunmen, Kempton Park
5 January 2011 Leave a comment
“Thanks for the prayers’ said the gunman: then Ricardo Reiners, 9, and grandmom Jeanette Wessels were shot…
Jan 3 2011 – Rev Dean Reiners, wife Tryna, their three sons and their gran Jeanette Wessels were targetted by two gunmen in the Helm Street driveway of their Birchleigh, Kempton Park home on Monday, Jan 3 2011. Mrs Wessels and son Ricardo, 9, were shot. The Reiners couple and 9-year-old son Ricardo were in a combi, transporting household goods while Mrs Wessels waited with the other two sons in the family Mercedes in the driveway.
“The next moment two (black) men dragged us from the Mercedes in the driveway,’ said Rev Reiners. “They forced my mother and the boys to lie down on the wet pavement in the rain and bashed me over the head while I was trying to crawl towards my family’ from the combi. The dominee was repeatedly kicked and beaten while his sons were being plucked about.
Mrs Reinders said she then started praying out loud for God to help the quieter of these two gunmen. He then told me: ‘thanks, we won’t hurt you’. “When they were about to leave in the combi, the other gunman stood right in front of us and fired two shots…” she said.
One bullet hit the mother, Mrs Wessels in the ankle, and the other bullet lodged inside Ricardo’s left arm. The couple were forced to hand over their wallets and cellphones before trying to flee in their Combi. However it was found 300 metres farther down the road after ‘the engine quit’.
“I wish I could lock my heart-break in this locker and never unlock it again..’ Ricardo Reiners
Mrs Reiners remains magnanimous towards the people who had robbed them and the man who had shot her mother and son: “We don’t hate them. We are just grateful to still have one another,’ she said. Gloria Edwards of Beeld interviewed the family in Arwyp Hospital after the two bullets were removed.
Richardo was clearly incredulous about being lied to – and heartbroken: “He told us they wouldn’t hurt. He lied to us…” he said. After the surgical removal of the bullet from his arm, Ricardo reportedly had also told his parents, Dutch-Reformed Rev Dean Reiners and his mom Tryna: “I wish I could lock my heart-break in this locker behind my hospital bed and never unlock it again…’
It’s not the first time they have been targetted by black criminals: both were also hijhacked previously in two different occasions. “People must stay positive and continue praying for the criminals,’ he said. “I can now other crime-victims deal with their traumas.’ http://www.beeld.com/Suid-Afrika/Nuus/Dankie-vir-gebed-toe-skiet-hy-20110104