Hero dad shot dead at family gathering in KZN

2016-02-23 08:46
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Durban – Tragedy has struck the coastal KwaZulu-Natal town of Amanzimtoti where a heroic father was shot dead at a family gathering on Friday night.
 
Raymond Collyer, 43, a former policeman and security company director, was killed when a gang of robbers stormed a family braai at his home, reported the Daily News.
 
The heavily armed group struck just after 22:00 when the family had just finished eating and the adults moved inside while the children played outside, said Collyer’s brother, Wayne.
 
Wayne told the newspaper the gang had stormed in via the kitchen, blocked off the only entrance, and started shooting at random.
 
As soon as Raymond’s wife Shirley began screaming, her husband jumped up and tried to take down one of the robbers.

The attackers, armed with guns and knives, began fighting with Raymond and their other brother Grant. At some point, Raymond was shot in the chest.

The men eventually made off with jewellery and cellphones.

Wayne told East Coast Radio in KZN that their biggest fear was that the gang would kill everyone and “rape the women and children”.

His brother died saving his family, Wayne said.

Police are investigating a case of murder but no arrests have been made.

The attack is one of a number of violent incidents to have hit the Amanzimtoti area in recent weeks.

Just last Monday, three people were shot dead in a block of flats in Doonside, News24 reported.

A later report that day said that a man had killed his wife, opened fire on a group of neighbours who tried to intervene and then turned the gun on himself.

Days before that a man had been shot and wounded outside a hospital in Amanzimtoti. He was stabilised and taken to a provincial hospital, News24 stated.

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