Double tragedy for murdered Pretoria cop's family

2016-01-20 07:23
Reinier Lourens Logois. Picture was taken on Sunday (Supplied)

Reinier Lourens Logois. Picture was taken on Sunday (Supplied)

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Pretoria - He was compassionate, sociable and approachable.

This was how Hennie Logois described his police officer brother, Lieutenant Colonel Reinier Lourens Logois, who was killed this week.

"He was very sociable. He liked to be around family and was very quiet and approachable," Logois told reporters outside the Rietfontein, Pretoria, home where his brother was shot dead on Monday night.

Reinier, 51, was the head of support at the Loate police station in Pretoria.

Police said 14 spent cartridges were found at the scene. The officer's 1993 Toyota Corolla was missing and it was suspected the culprits used it as a getaway vehicle.

On Tuesday morning police were still looking for clues that could lead to the arrest of the perpetrators.

Logois, a former police officer, described his brother as a man dedicated to his work and always willing to help.

"One day he was at a place called the White House and a 19-year-old female came and sat next to him. He saw marks on her and immediately asked her what was wrong, who had done that to her.

"She had been abused by the boyfriend. My brother called the father and the social worker. He wasn't on duty but he did it," he said.

Hennie Logois (Karabo Ngoepe, News24)

The death was a double blow for the family. Hennie's wife died from a heart attack three weeks ago. Since then he had seen Reinier and his partner frequently as they helped him deal with his loss.

"She wasn't sick. I did CPR until paramedics arrived. We had Christmas and she died on the 26th of December. It's very bad for us," he said.

"It's painful when I talk about it. I'm trying to be strong for my daughters who are 23 and 21.

"I'm the eldest of six and he was the middle brother. It's painful. We were together on Sunday night and they were feeling the pain with me for my wife's passing."

Hennie said he had received a call from a friend who worked with his brother to tell him what had happened. He arrived at the Riefontein home to find his brother shot. He called other family members to tell them.

The tricky part was informing their mother. She had suffered two strokes and a heart attack. A doctor was present when they told her. She was in shock, he said.

Reinier's colleagues at the Loate police station received counselling on Tuesday morning. They described him as man who did his work efficiently.

The scene of the shooting (Karabo Ngoepe, News24)

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