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Married couple found dead in Mitchells Plain

Cape Town - A married couple who had recently converted to Christianity were found dead in their Tafelsig home on Monday.

Police spokesman Captain FC van Wyk said police found the bodies in a house in Matroosberg Street after being called by neighbours.

Van Wyk said the body of a 29-year-old woman had a bullet wound in her right hand and head.

In another room, they found the body of a 36-year-old man with a bullet to the head. It appeared that the husband had shot his wife before shooting himself.

Neighbours identified them as Charlotte Arends, 29, and her husband Eugene, but police could not confirm this.

Van Wyk said the shooting had taken place at about 10.55am and that a 9mm pistol had been recovered at the scene. He said a murder case and inquest docket had been opened.

Charlotte’s older sister, who did not want to be named, said she could not understand why Eugene would kill her sister.

The couple had lived with the husband’s family just a street away from her home.

Her sister said she was called to the scene by the couple’s neighbour.

“I was cleaning my house when they called me to come out saying ‘Charlotte has been shot’.”

She said the last time she saw her sister was on Sunday afternoon when Charlotte was taking the children, including the couple’s 13-year-old son, to a dance competition in town.

“She was so excited about the dance competition; she was her usual happy self. I just can’t believe that she is gone now.”

She said although the couple had “normal marriage disagreements”, their fights were not alarming.

“They never had real problems, it was just small disagreements. I don’t know what went wrong.”

A neighbour, who declined to be named, said the two seemed like a loving couple.

“They had just converted to Christianity.”

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