The half-naked body of a 14-year-old girl was found with her "brain leaking" from her skull after being beaten to death with a concrete block.
Janika Mallo was found Sunday morning in her grandmother's garden by horrified family members who thought she had been raped because her overalls had been ripped off.
The teenager's skull was so badly hit, according to relatives, who saw "her brain leaking" on the left side of her face, according to IOL News.
The friendly schoolgirl lived in Heinz Park, Cape Town, South Africa, with her mother, Janine Mallo, 31 years old.
Janine, worried, sobbed as she remembered their last conversation on Saturday at around 6 pm, after having a fight.
She said, "I hit her in the face and told her that she could not go to the football club competition in Portland, and this is the last time I saw her alive.
"The last thing I gave my child was a slap on his face. She was on the way back, to my knowledge, the last time I heard about her and her friends.
Police investigate a group of young men "known for their misdeeds" in the city's neighborhood.
Two teenagers were arrested.
Janika's grandmother Pauline Butler told IOL: "At the scene, the 18-year-old was suspicious and had new scratches on his neck. So the arrest did not surprise me. He was arrested on Monday and Tuesday, the other was arrested.
"They would both belong to the Hard Livings group and we know there are more."
Janika's father, 38-year-old Marlon Koopman, who saw her daughter for the last time a week ago, added, "His face was beaten with a big brick. I think that she lost consciousness and that they then raped her.
"Her panties were around her ankles, her chest was covered, but she was naked otherwise."
Police captain FC van Wyk, police spokesman, confirmed that he was investigating the murder.
He said: "The circumstances surrounding the death of a 14-year-old girl whose body was found Sunday at 8:17, lying in the courtyard of a local Chapini Street, Heinz Park, are the subject of an investigation.
"A murder case has been registered for investigation. An autopsy will be performed to determine the cause of death.
"Crime scene experts are looking for clues on the scene and the detectives are following every lead to solve this problem."
Yesterday residents demonstrated in the local court to demand justice for Janika. They carried signs and supported the family of the teenager.
Police also revealed that a total of 179,683 crimes against women and 45,229 against children had been reported during the 2018-19 fiscal year.