Guy Fawkes shooting leaves one dead



November 7, 2016
Guy Fawkes shooting leaves one dead

GONE: Walisha Koopman, 24, was killed in Eikendal

Priest blesses ground where woman is killed, three wounded

An Anglican priest on Sunday blessed the ground where four people were shot next to a church.

A young woman died on Guy Fawkes night in Eikendal, Kraaifontein while three other people were injured in the incident.

The Daily Voice has learnt that the deceased, Walisha Koopman, 24, is from Hopefield but moved to Goodwood and was a second-year student at Northlink College in Bellville.

An eyewitness who did not want to be named says the shooting occurred at around 7.30pm while people in the area were busy lighting fireworks.

“I couldn’t sleep last night after I saw her brutal murder,” the traumatised Eikendal resident says.

She says the victim was at a braai at a house in 4th Avenue, and was standing outside with three other men.

“It was just after 7pm and I saw two people in the street walking towards them,” she says.

“The one man had a gun and he pulled the girl towards him and shot her through the back of the head at close range. The bullet came out by her eyes.”

She says the gunman opened fire on three people with Walisha.

“I got such a fright, the gunshots went off with the fireworks.”

“I couldn’t see the shooters very well, because it was getting dark, and they were wearing balaclavas.”

A police source tells Daily Voice the shooters came to look for others at the party and when they couldn’t find them, they shot innocent people.

The woman says she asked her priest to pray for divine intervention to stop crime in the area.

Yesterday, Father Andrew Wyngaardt sprinkled holy water over the spot where Walisha was killed.

“We pray that the holy water will protect each and everyone, especially the people who live near the scene,” he says.

Lieutenant Colonel Andrè Traut confirms a case of murder is under investigation.

“Last night (on Saturday night) at 7.30 a 24-year-old female was shot and killed and three males aged 21, 28 and 28 were shot and wounded at a residence in 4thAve Eikendal, Kraaifontein, when two suspects opened fire at the victims,” he says.

“…The motive is yet to be determined.”

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