The police is yet to arrest any suspect in connection to Tyrone Philander’s murder, the younger brother of former Proteas star, Vernon Philander.
Tyrone was shot dead in Ravensmead, Cape Town, on Wednesday afternoon.
According to the Western Cape police spokesperson Capt FC van Wyk, the circumstances surrounding the shooting is unclear.
He however made it known that the police are still investigating.
“No arrest. The investigation continues,” he said.
Vernon in a statement said his family was grateful for the support messages they received “during this difficult time for the family”.
“Our family is coming to terms with the brutal murder in my hometown of Ravensmead … I would like to ask that the family’s privacy be respected during this difficult time,” he said.
“The murder is now the subject of a police investigation and we respectfully ask that the media give the police the space to conduct a thorough investigation.”
“There are no details around the incident at the moment and speculation will make it very difficult for us as a family to mourn in peace.
“Tyrone is forever in our hearts. May his soul rest in peace.”
Although, he disclosed that the family will not be able to respond to any call or comments from the media.
The community police forum (CPF) spokesperson Zelda Trantraal said the young father was walking to fetch water for his family when he was shot dead.
“Tyrone lives with his long-term girlfriend and their two children in Ravensmead,” said Trantraal.
“His girlfriend was doing laundry, but as the water at their home had run out due to the water meter [restrictions] he walked with kannetjies [cans] to a public tap to get water when he was shot.”
The more you understand yourself, the more silence there is, the healthier you are. —Maxime Lagacé