Brutally murdered

2014-11-07 00:00

YESTERDAY, the family of murdered student Kurtlee Pillay were still trying to make sense of his death in a hijacking incident.

“It was a brutal killing; there was no need to kill him,” Maria Sheik, Pillay’s step-grandmother, told The Witness. “He grew up in front of me.”

The twenty-year-old design student was thrown out of his car in Sherwood on Tuesday night. He was thought to have been hijacked while driving home to his family in Overport.

According to paramedics Pillay sustained multiple stab wounds and abrasions consistent with being dragged along the road. He died at the scene after going into cardiac arrest.

Pillay was the second Durban student to die in two days following a hijacking incident. On Monday Shrivaar Panday (22) bled to death at a garage he had driven to after being stabbed in what is thought to be have been a botched hijacking.

Police investigations are still continuing in Panday’s murder, with three suspects, aged between 20 and 26, were arrested on Wednesday and will be charged with Pillay’s murder. According to police, they will soon appear in Durban Magistrate’s Court.

Sheik last recalled seeing Pillay at a family gathering on Sunday. “He was a much loved child. There were no faults in him.”

She said Pillay, a third-year design student at the Centre for Fine Art, Animation and Design, planned to move to China “to study and work”.

Pillay’s girlfriend Serisha Anne Govender lives in Jinan, capital of Shandong province in Eastern China. On his Facebook page, Pillay described Govender as, “My one love”.

Pillay’s mother Tracy Pillay spoke briefly to The Witness yesterday saying she was busy with family meetings and visits to the Sydenham police station to assist police in their investigations. She confirmed her son’s funeral would be held on Saturday.

The funeral takes place at 9 am at the Believers Christian Church in Asherville. Pastor Len Padaychee said the church had a long association with the family. “Church members visited the family to give them moral support and held a service at the family home on Wednesday.”

Meanwhile, East Coast Radio reported the Panday family had been “left utterly devastated by his senseless death,” according to Panday’s aunt Deena Panday.

A funeral service for Panday was held on Tuesday at the Dravida Society of South Africa Cultural Centre in Reservoir Hills after which he was cremated.

KZN Transport and Community Safety MEC Willies Mchunu sent condolences to both families and condemned the murders. “I am extremely shocked by the cruelty of the murders ... because it happened during a time when most students are writing exams.”

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