Tributes pour in for popular man gunned down at home by robbers

2014-09-01 00:00

A PROMINENT Durban wedding planner was gunned down in what appears to be a house robbery gone awry on Saturday night.

Stephen John Edmonstone (62) was felled by gunfire when he interrupted armed men who had forced their way into his Umgeni Park home.

The quiet of the leafy suburb was broken when several shots rang out late on Saturday afternoon, with the bloody slaying in the upmarket Collard Road home rocking the local community.

Edmonstone was the joint owner of event and wedding company Lemontree Concepts.

A police source close to the investigation, who could not be named as he is not authorised to speak to the media, said that physical evidence had been gathered at the scene of the crime.

“From what we have found at the house, it looks like the suspects climbed over a perimeter wall and then forced their way inside,” he said.

“It looks as if the victim interrupted the robbery and resisted when he was shot,” he added.

Edmonstone sustained multiple gunshot wounds to his upper body and succumbed to his injuries before paramedics could get to him.

Yesterday forensic detectives combed the house and its surrounds for any other evidence that may have been left behind.

Edmonstone’s body was also formally identified by his relatives.

Police spokesman Captain Thulani Zwane said that detectives from Greenwood Park would be probing the murder.

“Cases of murder as well as house robbery have been opened and we are doing everything we can to bring to book those who are responsible for this.”

“While detectives are looking into this matter, no arrests have yet been made,” Zwane added.

The victim’s partner Alvin Meyer could not be reached for comment at the time of going to press yesterday.

Social media was abuzz with those offering their support to Meyer.

Alice Philipson wrote: “Sending so much love to you today as you deal with this tragedy. I am devastated to hear your news.”

Jack Hogan wrote: “Alvin, We are devastated to hear the sad news of Steve. Our condolences to you and your loved ones. You are in our thoughts and prayers.”

Michelle Boniface said: “Alvin, I am truly saddened and shocked to hear about Steve. My deepest sympathies. I can’t begin to imagine how you must be feeling. Sending you lots of love.”

At the scene, relative Mark Edmonstone said that it was a difficult time for the family and could not be drawn to comment further.

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