Cape Town – The aunt of murdered Cape Town woman Lauren Kennedy has spoken out about the tragic incident that saw the death of her niece.
This comes following the arrest of the deceased’s alleged abusive ex-boyfriend, a report said.
The 25-year-old was shot and fatally wounded while walking two children to school on Friday morning in De Braak Close, Belhar.
Kennedy’s aunt, Nicolene Afrikaaner, claimed that on the day of the murder, Kennedy seemed to be expecting trouble and insisted that she accompanied her, reported IOL.
“As we were walking, her ex came and asked her to go with him somewhere close by. They quickly came back and I was walking in front of them when I heard three gunshots.
“I looked back and I saw that she was shot in the head. Her seven-year-old child was standing there. he had been left traumatised. The suspect ran away after the shooting,” the report quoted Afrikaaner as saying.
She alleged that her niece didn’t see that the suspect had a gun. The suspect was seen “drawing it from his waist”.
The two had broken up two months ago but the suspect continued to pursue her, said Afrikaaner.
“He had been to our house to try and win her back but she refused because he was abusive,” she said.
Police spokesperson Wesley Twigg confirmed that a 27-year-old suspect was arrested in connection with the murder and was set to appear at the Bellville Magistrate’s Court.
Meanwhile, circumstances surrounding the shooting were under investigation, said Twigg.
Compiled by Olwethu Mpeshe