Drive-by killing in CBD

2011-06-06 00:00

MYSTERY surrounds the death of a young businessman who was shot dead in what police believe to be a drive-by shooting in the CBD in the early hours of yesterday morning.

The body of Radley “Pudz” Narainsingh (27) was found slumped in his red Alfa Romeo parked in the middle of Prince Alfred Street.

Narainsingh from Napierville was the owner of Radley’s Metal Design Studio, a welding and boiler making company that he had been running for about five years.

Police spokesperson Joey Jeevan confirmed the incident. She said police were called out to the crime scene on the corner of Chief Albert Luthuli Road and Prince Alfred Street to attend to a shooting incident. When police got there they found the body of Narainsingh lying slumped in his red Alfa Romeo with one gunshot wound to his upper body.

Jeevan said at this stage the motive and suspects are unknown.

His friends and relatives were shocked and also expressed confusion as to the motive for the murder.

Narainsingh’s cousin, Keith Emanuel, said what confuses the family is that when Narainsingh’s body was discovered there was nothing stolen except for his cellular phone. His jewellery and R1 000 cash were found in his wallet.

“It is difficult for us to even begin to think what could have happened, but we are hoping that the police would be able to fill in the missing pieces of the puzzle,” said an angry Emanuel.

He described Narainsingh as a responsible young man who loved and took care of his three children, Kara, Riley and Raylin. Emanuel said Radley was more than a cousin to him as he had been living with him and had become more like a brother to him.

“Pudz had come from a bad spell in his life when he lost his mother about two years ago and he had done well to keep his business going despite all the bad things that he had experienced,” said Emanuel.

Emanuel said Narainsingh had just bought his car about two months ago and he greatly enjoyed driving it.

“My cousin was trying to lead a good live because recently he had not missed going to church and even stopped drinking for a while until recently,” said Emanuel.

He said he last saw him on Saturday night when Narainsingh was coming back from his son Kara’s birthday party in Durban and everything was fine.

“He was always in a good mood and even if he had a problem he focused on the things that made him happy like football. He was an avid supporter of Liverpool and Barcelona FC,” he said.

Police are appealing to anyone with information on the drive-by killing to contact Warrant Officer Robin Mays on 033 845 2741 or on 082 413 8474.

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