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Cape Town - With several bullets lodged in his body, a 40-year-old man was still able to identify the man that gunned him down outside his Hanover Park home before dying.
Eugene van Reenen was shot while climbing the steps back up to his family flat after going to ask a neighbour to transport his sick mother to hospital on Thursday morning.
His sister, Gaynor, said she was the last person to speak to him before he died on the steps leading to their flat in Oribi Court.
“He went to ask the neighbour if he could take my mother to hospital because she’s sick - she has an angina heart, and was feeling worse yesterday [Thursday]. I heard gunshots and it was so loud I just went to close the windows before it stopped and then I went downstairs.”
She said she found her brother sitting on the steps and asked if he knew who shot him and he told her. She then went back inside to check on her mother. A neighbour had, in the meantime, called an ambulance.
“My mom was panicking and I stayed with her for about an hour and when I came back I found he was dead.”
Van Reenen’s other sister, Sylmore, said she went to cover her brother with a blanket and he knew exactly who shot him.
“It was a boy in the Dollar Kid gang that shot him, he wasn’t a gangster and I don’t know why they would want to shoot him.”
She said they would miss their brother a lot.
“Now who is going to fix our stuff? He could fix anything electrical like our hairdryers and things when they were broken,” Sylmore said.
Police spokesman Captain FC van Wyk confirmed the incident and said no arrests had been made.
Gaynor said police had told the family they had collected eight bullet casings from the scene. She said their parents were distraught and their father had not said anything but they could see he was very hurt by the loss.
“Last year we lost two of our brothers, five weeks apart, one was in a taxi accident and the other one was sick. We were six children and now there’s only three of us left.”
Their brother’s body had to be moved off the steps for paramedics to transport their mother to hospital, Gaynor said all her mother did was cry and scream at the sight of her son’s body, which was later removed and taken to a mortuary.
Additional reporting by Kieran Legg