14 year old boy orphaned after robbers shot his mother and sister

Carol Pretorius (54), daughter Erika (26), and the teenage boy stopped in the driveway of Erika’s house on Tuesday night around 20:15. The boy got out of the car to open the gate when he was a suspicious vehicle with four occupants driving past.

“He saw the suspect car turned around and drove back to them, and immediately became suspicious,” Faan Pretorius, Carol’s brother told Marula Media on Thursday.

He immediately screamed for his mother to lock themselves in the car.

Two armed men jumped out of the vehicle and shot Carol and Erika in their heads while they were still sitting in the car . They allegedly grabbed a cell phone only.

Erika’s elderly neighbor heard the shots and went to investigate . The attackers shot him in the chest and then fled in their own vehicle.

Carol after the attack was flown by helicopter to Charlotte Maxeke hospital due to her injuries. Carol passed away.

Erika and the neighbor were taken by ambulances to the hospital.

“Erika’s condition is still critical. She is still in the emergency unit of the hospital and has bleeding on the brain . They have not yet transferred her to the intensive care unit, because there is apparently no bed available,”said Faan.

She has a three year old boy who is currently being cared for by the family. My brother and I are here now and will try to get her as soon as possible to a private hospital so that she could receive better treatment.

According to police, the neighbour’s condition is stable.

Faan said the boy was traumatized and very quiet. “His father died a year ago due to illness, and now his mother also. We arranged for him to get counselling,” he added .

Carol was a beloved kindergarten teacher in the city. Her funeral arrangements are not yet known.

Police are investigating a case of murder and attempted murder.

No one was arrested in connection with the incident.


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