Family buries slain student

2014-11-05 00:00

SLAIN University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN) student Shri­vaar Panday was remembered yesterday for being larger than life and a loyal friend.

The 22-year-old bled to death after he was stabbed in what appears to be a botched robbery on Monday.

A private funeral service was held at the Dravida Society of SA Cultural Centre in Reservoir Hills yesterday.

Family members and fellow students were seen wiping their eyes as the white coffin was removed from the hearse.

He was later cremated at the Clare Estate Crematorium.

The Morningside man was driving to the Westville campus to write his Management

Accounting and Finance 300 final exam paper when he was accosted by one or more suspects who allegedly threw a brick into the driver’s window and stabbed him in the right thigh.

Bleeding profusely, he managed to drive himself to an Engen garage on Peter Mokaba Road (formerly North Ridge Road) where he called for help, but later died.

Captain Thulani Zwane said police were still investigating the circumstances surrounding Panday’s death.

Classmates and friends told The Witness they were still struggling to come to terms with Panday’s death.

On Monday, Panday’s classmate Sashin Govender (21) sat in UKZN’s Westville Campus exam centre writing the same paper Panday would have been writing had he not been attacked.

He said he had only learnt of Panday’s death on Monday afternoon.

A close friend of Panday, Arvin Soni (21) said his aunt had called him and told him about the incident.

“It hasn’t sunken in that he is gone. I will remember him as a humble and pleasant young man who had a bright future,” said Soni.

Juvan Singh (22) who has been Panday’s friend since Grade 8 broke down as he recalled memories of Panday.

“He was a wonderful person … There was never a dull moment with him,” said Singh.

Yauvan Hansraj posted a moving message on Facebook yesterday.

“Today we say goodbye to a friend who was larger than life, whose laughter could be heard from a distance. Shrivaar … will never be forgotten,” said Hanraj.

The university also sent a message of support.

“We are deeply saddened and shocked by the tragic loss and untimely death of third year BCom student. The University Community conveys its deepest condolences to his family and friends,” said UKZN’s Indu Moodley.

• amanda.khoza@witness.co.za

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