David Wade, who’s well-known in the rock-climbing community was murdered on 26 October when he tried to assist security guards during an armed robbery at Tranquilitas Adventure Farm in Emgwenya (Waterval Boven).
David’s wife, Lindie, took shelter in their tent as the bullets flew. David was shot dead.
The rock-climber’s death has sent shockwaves through the adventure-sports community, with many condemning the incident.
Deon Pohorille, a close friend of David’s, told YOU this week that David had died doing what he believed in: helping.
“His death is a terrible, shocking loss. We’re all broken. It feels as if the world doesn’t make sense anymore,” Deon said.
Deon says David and Lindie, who lived in Benoni, got married last year. They’re both experienced rock-climbers who enjoyed their sport.
“I saw her shortly after we heard what had happened. You can’t imagine what that woman is going through. It’s hell, absolutely hell.
“It was around midnight and they were both sleeping in their tent. Robbers attacked the resort and held the security guards at gunpoint. David heard their screams and rushed over to help,” Deon says.
Lindie remained in the tent as David had told her to. “Lindie sat in the tent and heard shots being fired. You can’t imagine how awful it must’ve been . . . She didn’t know what was going on or who was shot and stayed in the tent. She only came out a short while later when police arrived. But the robbers had fled. That’s when she saw her husband had been shot.”
Paramedics declared David dead at the scene. Lindie was inconsolable.
Deon says she’s still “terribly traumatised” but is receiving support from her parents, in-laws and friends.
“She’s shattered – how can she not be? Her husband was ripped from her. There’s talk that she might be moving to the Cape where her parents live. She can’t face staying on the East Rand alone.”
David had a big heart, Deon says, and made an impact in the lives of most of those he came into contact with. He was passionate about justice.
“People’s lives mattered to him. He wouldn’t have stayed in the tent while he could hear the guards calling for help – never. And now he’s paid the ultimate price: his life.”
Deon says he’s struggling to come to terms with the loss too. “He was my best friend, always there, willing to listen. There’s a gaping hole in my life, and in the lives of everyone who loved him. Nobody’s really sure how one moves forward from this.”
David will be laid to rest on Friday in Benoni. Lindie declined to comment when YOU contacted her.