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Mom shot dead in front of 7 kids

2012-06-14 11:13

Cape Town - A Cape Flats teenager has told how his mother was shot dead in front of him and his six siblings.

Elsabe Petersen, 42, was cooking in her kitchen at about 20:00 on Monday evening when she heard gunshots, the Daily Voice reported.

Worried about her daughter who had just been sent to the shops, Petersen went outside to look for her. The next moment she collapsed and came crawling back into the house, covered in blood.

A devastated Bronwin Petersen, 18, described how he tried to stop the bleeding and covered her with a blanket as his stepfather held her.

“I ran to our neighbour and asked them to call an ambulance… By the time police arrived, she was already gone.” 

Petersen’s youngest child is only 3.

Cape Town police say a 30-year-old suspect has been arrested in connection with the murder.
 

Comments
  • harold.chisimba - 2012-06-14 11:26

    RIP IN PEACE MAMA! MAY GOD B WITH UR KIDS

      procold2 - 2012-06-14 11:47

      senseless,rip

      Zambezi - 2012-06-14 13:36

      Western Cape again!

  • harold.chisimba - 2012-06-14 11:26

    RIP IN PEACE MAMA! MAY GOD B WITH UR KIDS

  • charlesdumbwin.dumbwin - 2012-06-14 11:33

    Must be gang related

  • gerhard.muller.988 - 2012-06-14 11:40

    Who does this type thing? What did this woman do to this thug that he saw fit to shoot her for the hell of it? God help this country!

      Janice - 2012-06-14 12:35

      Drugged up to their eyeballs, surely!

  • nigel.burgess.52 - 2012-06-14 12:01

    T.I.A Sickening

      omonaija - 2012-06-14 13:26

      Dude ,this happens everywhere in the world.Don't you have a TV ? Gangs are everywhere in Europe ,Australia ,North America,Asia,Middle East and Africa.

      colin.langley - 2012-06-14 15:21

      Ridiculous statement. Just because murders happen all over the world still doesn't make it right! Fact: SA is the murder capital of the world! Pull your finger out your self righteous ass and help us solve the problem!...I feel so sorry for these kids!!!!!

  • senamile.ndlovu.7 - 2012-06-14 12:08

    ppl nw r ruthless n hv lost sense of humour, how can they du ths? But God almighty wil take a gud care of kids.

  • jman.man.71 - 2012-06-14 12:13

    Why is everyone calling for "god to be with the kids"??? Where was this "god" when the innocent mother got gunned down for nothing in front of her kids, leaving the whole family devastated? If you ask me, if "God" is in control, he/she/it should stay the hell away from me!

      mpumi.mokgomo - 2012-06-14 12:49

      Never ever mock God that is just a friendly warning....May her soul rest in peace

      clint.rusford.3 - 2012-06-14 13:05

      Buddy you should go read and understand the bible.. I hope God has mercy on your poor soul tho..

      jman.man.71 - 2012-06-14 13:25

      OK so my comment go removed. Figures. As I said: I don't need your "friendly warnings" (what a joke) or your bible, and my "poor soul" is just fine thanks.

      Khomotjo - 2012-06-14 13:35

      Keep your comments to yourself if have nothing better to say!!You are where you are today bcz of God but you have the guards to mock him!

      blaine.dillon.5 - 2012-06-14 13:42

      The God I know and trust, only wants good for His children. Its the devil that destroys lives. She is in a much better place now, and I wish her children will understand that

      Deon - 2012-06-14 14:10

      You might get a surprise when you die.

      jman.man.71 - 2012-06-14 15:07

      Hahhahaaaa... you are all funny! Thanks for the laughs. @ Deon - agreed. But you might too. PS - if you don't like what I'm saying, and I have offended you....then forgive me. Isn't that what you're supposed to do anyways?

  • annie.kalahari - 2012-06-14 13:04

    This is so horribly indescribably cruel and mindless, words fail me. An entire family destroyed by one stupid, mindless act and for what?

  • Khomotjo - 2012-06-14 13:32

    A mother,a wife,a sister,an aunt,a friend has been lost...This is very sad,what's happening to our country?

  • Lukaas - 2012-06-14 14:05

    Kinders van Yaweh, Ons versamel vandag hier om ons suster om te onthou. Elsabe Petersen. Liewe suster Elsabe ons hou jou en jou geliefdes naby in ons harte. Ons is saam met jou en jou gesin in hierdie tyd van rou. Mei heilige engele sing jou tot jou rus, liewe suster Elsabe Ons liefdevol skryf jou naam in die boek van herinneringe en gee jy na die Vader, Amen

  • patrick.hankey.5 - 2012-06-15 12:16

    This vicious cycle of violence has not changed it 30+ years since I was a child living in the Cape Flats. These communities must rise up to stop the killings and gangsterism or it will continue forever.

  • bmaestro - 2012-06-19 14:05

    SHAME HOW RUTHLESS ARE THESE PEOPLE?NOW THOSE 7KIDS ARE GOING TO BE STUCK WITH THE TRAGIC DEATH OF THEIR OWN MOTHER.THIS IS TRAUMATIC

  • clairejk1 - 2012-06-20 09:39

    Perhaps if these guilty parties thought first of the children that innocently get caught up in the middle of these horrific acts of violence, one would hope they would be less inclined to do them.

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