Unclear if Van Breda son will attend memorial service

2015-02-04 12:25
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Newspapers give updates on Marli van Breda's condition

2015-02-03 09:17

Marli van Breda, who was seriously injured in an axe attack on her family last week, is under constant police guard, it was reported on Tuesday. Some of today's newspapers gave an update of her condition. Watch.WATCH

Cape Town - It is not yet known whether Henri van Breda, 20, will attend a planned memorial service for his parents and brother in Pretoria on Thursday.

He and his sister, Marli, 16, are the only survivors of a gruesome axe attack in the family home in Stellenbosch last Tuesday.

Their parents, Martin and Teresa, and brother Rudi were found dead.

According to Netwerk24, the family is still deciding whether Henri will attend the private service at the NG Kerk in Moreleta Park. He is currently in the care of his uncle in Stellenbosch, and is receiving counselling. Marli remains in hospital in a stable condition.

Family spokesperson Ben Rootman could not comment on the extent of her injuries and whether she may have sustained brain damage.

Rootman also said that the bodies of the deceased have not yet been made available to the family as the investigation is continuing. A private cremation will be held at a later stage.

The memorial service is being held in Pretoria because the family lived there before moving to Australia, and then to Stellenbosch. A large number of mourners are expected, and Rootman appealed to the public to respect the family's wishes that only family, friends and business associates attend. The church will have security measures in place.

Meanwhile, police say the investigation is continuing and there are no new developments.

To read more about these gruesome murders, click here.

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