'We have experienced true human kindness': Hannah's family speaks out in the wake of tragedy

02 June 2017

Read the family's full statement here.

The family of slain Stellenbsoch student Hannah Cornelius have been overwhelmed by the outpouring of love they're received in the wake of her death.

In a statement to YOU, the Cornelius family, from Scarborough near Simonstown, said in the week since Hannah's body was found outside Stellenbsoch, they have learned who their true friends are.

"With the tragic passing of our beloved Hannah, we have come to know how many friends we have in the world. We have experienced true human kindness, love and compassion, often even from strangers."

The body of the 21-year-old was discovered on a farm outside Stellenbosch on Saturday morning after she was stabbed and raped.

READ MORE: New developments in Hannah Cornelius murder investigation

She and a friend Cheslin Marsh were allegedly chatting in Cheslin’s blue and white VW Golf on Bird Street when they were attacked and kidnapped.

Cheslin managed to get away and get help from a couple Bernardino Heights, who at first thought he was an intruder, reports Times Live.

Police were able to find him there and took him to hospital.

Four men are being held in connection with Hannah’s murder and the attack on Cheslin.

In the wake of the unthinkable tragedy, the Cornelius family said they are trying to stay positive.

"We want to remember Hannah for all the beautiful qualities she possessed: kindness, love, light, humility, gentleness, intelligence and creativity. We hope this will remain her legacy. We hold on to the joy she brought to everyone in her life. Those who knew her will attest to this.

"The absolute outpouring of love our family has received from all over the world in this difficult time is testimony of the wonderful person our Hannah was. We will forever be grateful for the support and to the kindhearted nature of people. That is something that can never be taken away from us".

A memorial service for Hannah was held at the NG Kerk in Fish Hoek on Friday morning, which the church broadcast live on their Facebook page.

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