Cop allegedly shoots son, then himself

2014-12-19 00:00

A RESPECTED border policeman is believed to have shot his severely disabled son and then himself on a South Coast beach.

Rejay Thawnarian (48) drove to a quiet fishing beach just outside Umkomaas, put down a blanket, carried his son Krianan (19) out of the car, sat down and placed him between his legs before allegedly shooting his son. He then allegedly took his own life.

Crime scene photos revealed his son lying hunched over his dad’s legs while Thawnarian lay on his back.

The tragedy has rocked the community of Umkomaas and Craigieburne.

While the reasons for the suicide are believed to be contained in a suicide note found on Thawnarian, he and his son had been missing since Monday evening.

Family and friends embarked on a frantic search with the two bodies only being discovered at about 5 am yesterday morning.

Police spokesperson Major Thulani Zwane said a case of murder and an inquest were opened at Umkomaas SAPS for investigation.

“It is alleged that in the early hours of the morning the father shot his son on the head then turned the gun on himself. Both deceased were declared dead at the scene. The motive is unknown at this stage,” he said.

Thawnarian’s father-in-law, Rajoo Govender, said the border policeman with a rank of warrrant officer and based at King Shaka International Airport, loved his son “to the extreme”.

“Krianan was the love of his life but was severely physically and mentally disabled. Rejay mentored a lot of young people and was very religious and active in the Craigieburne Temple,” said Govender outside his family home.

Thawnarian’s wife of nearly two years, Pamela Govender, was unable to speak to The Witness but passed on a message stating: “I loved him very much and he loved me”.

The couple were expected to sign the final documents yesterday to take ownership of a house in Craigieburne.

An active member of the Umkomaas Football Club, relative David Chetty, called Thawnarian “the nicest guy you would ever meet”.

“He grew up in this area. He was the perfect cop. You never saw him fight or angry,” said Chetty.

The double funeral will be held at the Craigieburne Temple tomorrow.

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