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Police are following several leads but have yet to make an arrest in the murder of a Sea Point resident whose body was found bound at the hands and feet in his flat about a week after he was killed.
Fernando Hurling, 34, who worked in the travel industry, was discovered dead in his Holmfirth Road flat on Sunday.
Police say a tik lolly was found at the scene.
On Monday, a friend of Hurling’s family, who declined to be named, said it was believed Hurling had been killed more than a week ago.
He said no one had heard from or seen Hurling, who lived alone, for about a week.
“When we tried to call him, his phone was switched off,” the friend said.
Hurling’s family became increasingly worried and on Sunday they sent someone to his flat to check on him.
“It’s a secure flat in a good complex.
“One neighbour opened the gate for him and when he got to Fernando’s flat, the door was slightly open.
“Fernando’s body was naked on the room floor.
“A whole T-shirt was stuffed in his mouth,” the friend said.
As far as he was aware, only Hurling’s cellphone had been stolen.
The friend said Hurling’s car had still been parked in the garage and it appeared as if he had either arrived at his flat with someone, or Hurling had let someone into his flat.
On Monday, police spokesman Frederick van Wyk said Hurling’s body was found on the floor of the main bedroom and his hands and feet had been tied with belts.
He said there were light bruises, small cuts and a burn on his body.
Van Wyk said a tik lolly was found in the room.
“At this stage, the police are still investigating if anything was stolen,” he said.
On Hurling’s Facebook wall, a smiling picture of him was posted and he listed Mzoli’s Meat, referring to the popular Gugulethu butchery and eatery, as one of his likes.
Two years ago, he posted a message that he had managed to get his visa and was set to travel to Europe for a year.
“Shoo… Yeah I am so happy,” he wrote.
A friend had responded that they hoped there was a Mzoli’s where Hurling was travelling to and Hurling had joked that he would have to open his own version in Germany.
Since hearing about Hurling’s murder, a number of his friends posted pictures of themselves with him on their Facebook walls and posted messages about him.
One friend wrote: “I am so sad I can’t even breathe right now… Fernando RIP my friend I will never forget you.”
Anyone with information about Hurling’s murder may contact CrimeStop at 08600 10111.