From 5am, parents came in numbers trying to look for their “missing” children, mostly teenagers who had attended a pens-down celebration party at the tavern.
As the day broke, it was becoming obvious that their worst fears had been realised — their children were dead.
One could see the panic on the parents’ faces grow as they struggled to find their children.
Some tried to force their way inside to look at the bodies.
When pictures of the deceased inside the tavern started appearing on people’s cellphones, their panic only grew.
People from all walks of life came rushing to the scene.
More than 100 vehicles later, the one tiny road leading to the tavern was blocked and we could not leave the area for another eight hours.
It was a painful scene, not only for the parents of the deceased children but for the entire community who witnessed how police forensics were working on the scene under immense pressure.