In a tragic incident, former South Africa fast bowler Veron Philander’s younger brother was shot dead metres away from his home in the afternoon of Wednesday in Ravensmead, Cape Town. The development was confirmed by local reports which suggested that Tyrone was delivering a trolley with water to a neighbour when he was shot.
According to an African News Agency (ANA) reporter, after the incident took place, his mother Bonita and a family member, watched in shock as her son’s body lay in the street. It has also been learnt that the assailant is still at large. Western Cape police spokesperson Captain FC van Wyk has further confirmed to investigate in this matter.
The incident took place at the about 1.10pm on the corners of 7th Avenue and Webner Street in Ravensmead, where a 32-year-old man was shot and fatally wounded, according to multiple media reporters. Veron Philander also confirmed about the incident on his Twitter handle as his family released an official statement.
Philander family statement on death of Tyrone Philander
“Our family is coming to terms with the brutal murder in my hometown of Ravensmead earlier today. I would like to ask that the family’s privacy be respected during this difficult time.
“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,” Vernon Philander said in a statement released by his family.
Vernon Philander was a part of the South Africa squad for 64 Test matches.