Family ‘devastated’ over fatal shooting

2014-01-31 00:00

THE murder of a 21-year-old Durban tow-truck driver has left his baby son fatherless.

Brandon Clarisse (21), nicknamed Bones, who worked for Street Kingz Towing, was on the northbound King Dinuzulu Road (formerly Berea Road) near Tollgate Bridge with a colleague when two men approached them and unleashed a hail of bullets. Clarisse was, according to reports, shot six times just before midnight.

Brandon’s father Neil Clarisse said the murder of his son has “devastated the family” and has left Brandon’s four-month-old son fatherless.

“It has been extremely tough. He only turned 21 last month. His mom is not handling it very well. The two men never even attempted to rob them. Nothing was taken. I am speculating, but the suspects may have had a problem with either my son or his colleague — something from the past maybe, however, I have just been focusing on getting ready to bury my son,” said Neil.

He said the other drivers from the towing business had been supportive.

“Brandon and his friend were not in their vans. They were sitting or standing near the bus stop near the Berea KwikSpar when the two guys, who had been standing nearby, just walked past and started shooting,” said Neil.

According to SAPS spokesperson Colonel Jay Naicker, the Umbilo police station is investigating a case of murder.

“[After he was shot] he was taken to hospital where he was declared dead on arrival. The motive of the killing is unknown and no arrest has been made at this stage,” said Naicker.

Brandon’s funeral will be held at St Anthony’s Parish, central Durban, starting at 10 am tomorrow.

Attempts to contact the tow-truck company were unsuccessful.

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