Young dad shot dead at ‘drug den’

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June 30, 2017
Young dad shot dead at ‘drug den’

SAD: Basier Byron Johannisen, Yushra Karriem

A young husband and father was gunned down in Bonteheuwel after buying dagga at a Vlamboom Street house on Wednesday.

Basier Byron Johannisen, 23, was killed by two unknown gunmen at an alleged drug den.

His wife Yushra Karriem, 24, says she was told that he went to the house to buy dagga with a friend.

She says he visited her after work on Wednesday, just after 5pm.

“He left and said he was going home. We were separated for a while. Then two girls came to my house after 6pm to say he is dead,” says heartbroken Yushra.

“His friend was on a motorbike and Basier went inside. His friend heard gunshots and drove away. We heard two men shot him several times.”

Karriem says Basier was not a gangster and did not sell drugs as alleged at the crime scene.

“He was working for a boating place in Montague Gardens and wasn’t a gangster. He smoked dagga, yes, but he didn’t sell,” she says.

“We still don’t know why they shot him and his son Qaeed, two, keeps asking for him but I just keep telling him daddy is coming because I dunno what else to say.”

The mom says her husband will be buried next week.

Police spokesperson, Lieutenant-Colonel André Traut, confirms the incident and says police are investigating the motive and the circumstances which led to the murder.

No arrests have been made.

Speaking at the scene, residents told Daily Voice that the Vlamboom Street house is a notorious drug den.

Ward Councillor, Angus McKenzie, says he received complaints from residents about illegal activity on the property.

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