A couple from the East Rand were devastated after their six-year-old son was found dead in the boot of their parked Volkswagen Jetta on their small holding in the area of Springs.
It is not clear how little Enrico Snyders ended up in the trunk. It looks like a tragic freak accident, says a long-time family friend who acts as family spokesperson.
Esme Strauss tells that Enrico asked his mother, Marie Snyders, on Sunday afternoon (March 26) if he could go play outside. Snyders agreed.
Later, when she calls out to Enrico and he doesn’t answer, his parents go outside to look for him.
“They couldn’t find him. They got into the car to check if he might have wandered off. That’s when Enrico’s mom saw a piece of material sticking out of the trunk. They immediately opened the trunk and found Enrico inside.”
The parents immediately rushed their youngest to a hospital where he was pronounced dead.
“We don’t know how he got into the trunk,” says Strauss. “I tell everyone that only Enrico and dear Jesus know what happened; because we don’t know.”
Strauss says Enrico’s parents are devastated.
“They just take it day by day.”
Enrico was a gr. 1-learner at Jan van Riebeeck Primary School in Springs.
“He was just a loving child, full of life,” recalls Strauss.
“He played and made music. He and his sister made TikTok videos in which they danced. He was just this beautiful boy.”
Rene Roux, spokesperson for Solidarity Helping Hand, says the organisation’s Therapy Center is currently assisting the family.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday at 11:00 in the AGS Lofoordkerk in Springs for little Enrico. Follow the service here.
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