"The deceased sustained three stab wounds and was found in Edward Moeng Street, Club 2000, Kagisho.”
A CITY family who lost a loved one, due to yet another stabbing incident that took place in Galeshewe on the weekend, do not blame his death on any suspected gang activity.
Community members have attributed gang violence to the death of five youths over the past month, where the deceased were all stabbed and robbed of their possessions while walking home during the early hours of the morning.
In the most recent incident, 23-year-old Neo Fembers was stabbed to death in Edward Moeng Street in Galeshewe on Saturday morning.
It is believed that he was on his way home after visiting a tavern when he was stabbed multiple times.
He managed to run to one of the nearby residences to call for help but died inside the yard.
Eyewitnesses said that he had sustained stab wounds to the head and body.
Colin Fembers said yesterday that his youngest brother, Neo, had gone out on Saturday night but never returned home.
“He was accompanied by friends so we found it strange that they had not informed us immediately after Neo was stabbed. We only found out that he was killed a few hours later in the morning when the investigating officer visited us at home. It does not appear as if he was robbed of any of his belongings. According to the autopsy results he was stabbed in the back,” said Colin.
He added that while the family had not viewed the body, they were able to identify him from a tattoo of a cross and wording on his body as well as the clothes that he was last seen wearing.
Godfrey Fembers stated that the death of his nephew came as a shock.
“The manner in which he was killed was so brutal and unnecessary. He was so young and his death is extremely difficult to accept, but all we can do is pray so that we can move on with our lives. It is very painful for the family because no one had time to prepare for his death, even though you can never predict when your time on earth will expire,” said Godfrey.
He indicated that there was a lot of tension following the recent spate of murders of young people in the community.
“There have been a lot of accusations made against gangs being responsible for the deaths in the community but we do not wish to point fingers at anybody, without evidence. At this stage we do not know who was involved. The family will leave the investigation in the hands of the police. The funeral will take place this weekend. Neo would have turned 24 years old in September.”
Community members meanwhile related that another person was stabbed twice in Ikageng on Sunday but managed to escape his attackers.
Police spokesperson Sergeant Majang Skalkie said the police were appealing to the community to assist them with information that could help solve the murder case that was reported on Saturday, April 6.
“The police received a complaint regarding an incident that took place on Saturday at about 4.30am. The deceased sustained three stab wounds and was found in Edward Moeng Street, Club 2000, Kagisho.”
Skalkie stated that the motive for the incident was unknown.
“No arrests have been made yet. The investigation continues.”
She appealed to the community that if they had information about the incident or information that could lead to the arrest of the suspect to please contact the investigating officer, Warrant Officer Brazo Shuping, at the Kagisho police station on 082 469 0545.
“All information will be treated as strictly confidential.”