GUGULETHU residents are shocked by the murder of three teenagers in the local graveyard on Thursday night.

Witnesses told the SunTeam the boys were playing soccer when they were stabbed by four thugs who disappeared into the dark after committing the crime.

Residents said they also heard shots in the graveyard at the time the teenagers were killed.

Luvuyo Manyathela (15), Kwanele Ntyontyo (18) and Kwanele Jacobs (18), who later died in hospital, were playing soccer at Gugulethu graveyard when it happened.

Luvuyo’s mum Harriet Manyathela said she was shattered. She had prepared supper for her son when she heard the news of his death.

“I’m heartbroken to lose my son. He was a young boy with a good heart who was always willing to help others.

“Those who did this to my son must pay. I want the police to hunt his killers because my son didn’t deserve to die like this.

“He never liked fighting with people. He loved peace,” Harriet said.

Kwanele’s mum, Noluthando Jacobs, couldn’t hold back her tears.

“Even now I don’t believe my son is no more. He was too young to die.

“I believed he was going to be a great person because he had vision.”

On Friday, Lieutenant-Colonel Andre Traut said: “Last night at 6.36pm, three boys aged between 15 and 18 were stabbed to death during an apparent fight between two gangs at a cemetery in NY5, Gugulethu.

“Two victims were killed at the scene, while a third died in hospital. The circumstances are being investigated and arrests are yet to be made.”