Eastwood man gunned down

2019-04-03 06:00
Shane Patchay­ was shot dead outside his home on Thursday night.PHOTO: Facebook

Shane Patchay­ was shot dead outside his home on Thursday night.PHOTO: Facebook

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SHANE Patchay, a man marred by controversy, was gunned down and killed outside his Eastwood home on Thursday night.

After returning home to Patry’s Road from soccer training with his team, Re-United, Patchay was allegedly shot and killed while opening his gate to park his vehicle in his yard.

Four men allegedly approached and shot Patchay, who desperately tried to evade his killers by running towards his neighbours home. The men gunned him down as he ran.

Neighbours who wished to remain anonymous said that the men then fled down a nearby lane to Pikkewyn Street where they allegedly sped off in a getaway car.

“We heard loud gunshots and rushed outside to see Patchay laying on the floor. After checking his pulse I knew that it was too late and that he was already dead,” said the neighbour.

Patchay had a notorious reputation for being part of Eastwood gang the Cash Money Brothers in the 1990s and was also linked to gun and drug running along with violence in townships like Magoda and others.

He was also known for his passion towards football, having taken a keen interest in the Re-United football club and serving as a coach for a long period in the club’s history.

Police say that they believe the shooting was a hit and say that it could be linked to gang relations. They are investigating a case of murder and no arrests have yet been made.

Tributes poured in on Facebook at the announcement of his death, with many pronouncing it a sad day for the Eastwood community while others were not so quick to label him a saint.

Stuart Cole said on Facebook: “Reading the names near the end of the article of people who have posted nice messages brought out an inherent fear in me about this man. His ties were very close to corruption. You ask why was he not in jail? Corruption. Simple. I never new him personally, however where there is smoke there is fire and birds of a feather flock together.

“My heart goes out to the people close to him as no one should be killed like that. However if you are killed like that and not robbed then there is the motive?”

Nas Dominique Peerbhai said: “I remember once I was preparing for a modelling event and he came to fetch me and trained me on the soccer field while his team was playing. Whenever I went out, if he was there he would always watch over me and made sure I was ok.... will miss him, my thumbie”.

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