Sad farewell for slain Vanderbijlpark family

2015-12-11 15:09
Friends of Carlia saying their last goodbyes. (Wim Pretorius, News24.)

Friends of Carlia saying their last goodbyes. (Wim Pretorius, News24.)

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Vanderbijlpark – Emotions ran high as 600 people attended the funeral service of three members of the Du Preez family on Friday.

They were at the funeral, held at the River of Life Family Church in Vanderbiljpark, to say their last goodbyes to 43-year-old Dorothea Cornelia (Thea), 17-year-old Cornelia Catharina (Carlia) and 14-year old Hendrik Phillipus (Phillip).

Photos of the trio were made into a collage that was put up at the front of the church.

"Life can be like Monopoly. When you win, you are on top of the world and in control for only a brief moment before the game stops and everything has to go back into the box."

With those words Pastor Johan Vrey summed up how fragile life can be.

The three were shot and killed in the early hours of Thursday morning last week.

Fanie du Preez, husband and father, has appeared in court in connection with the deaths. He is in police custody. He did not attend the funeral.

A large number of pupils from Hoërskool Driehoek, which Carlia and Phillip attended, were present in their school uniforms. They held a guard of honour for the slain family as their caskets were carried to the front of the church.

Family members described Thea as a peaceful, giving person and Phillip as a neat and polite boy. Carlia was described as an outgoing person.

Riana Coertzen, Thea's sister, thanked the community for the support as well as the police for the manner in which they helped – and continue to help – the family with the case.

After the service, bunches of colourful balloons were released into the air.

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