Tributes pour in for shot man

2016-01-25 11:15
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Pietermartizburg - Friends and family gathered at Akesh Singh’s home on Sunday to pay tribute after he was allegedly shot by a relative on Wednesday during an altercation.

Singh died in St Anne’s hospital on Friday after suffering gunshot wounds to his shoulder, chest and head.

It is believed that after a heated argument between Singh and the relative, the man pulled out a gun from his bag and began firing shots in all directions.

Police spokesperson Captain Gay Ebrahim said at the time of the incident that Singh, his wife and mother-in-law were all shot during the altercation with the women both sustaining gunshot wounds to the legs.

The man fled the scene and has not made contact with family or friends and is still being sought after by the police.

Yesterday, the family’s close friend and pastor of the River of Life Ministries, Celvan Pakkari, said Singh was well-loved by many people.

With over 30 people gathered in the front garden of Singh’s home yesterday to pay tribute to the “man with the bright smile”, Pakkari said everyone who knew him felt the tragedy of his absence.

“His funeral was on Saturday at the River of Life Ministries in Northdale and over 1 000 people came to pay their last respects,” said Pakkari.

“Even when he was in hospital, he had hundreds of visitors everyday because everyone who knew him liked him.

“The hallmark of his character was that he really knew how to connect people with each other, whether they had different jobs or different religions. Many people are friends with each other now because of him.”

He said the family were still traumatised by the incident and were leaving it to the police to investigate.

He added that Singh’s wife, Natalie, said she had forgiven the relative who allegedly fired the shots and had the support of the church, family and friends to help her through this difficult time.

A family friend of Singh’s, Ridwaan Dawood, said the two had grown up together and he was devastated when he heard his friend had died.

“He had such a good heart, and was always so humble. He was one amazing guy,” he said.

KZN police spokesperson Lieutenant Nqobile Gwala said yesterday that a murder charge has been opened against the relative who was “still at large”.

• chelsea.pieterse@witness.co.za

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