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Tragic Murder of 19-year-old Verushka Nel in Gqeberha

Published September 21, 2023
9 months ago

In a brutal and shocking incident, a 19-year-old girl from Gqeberha, Verushka Nel, was tragically shot twice in the head, resulting in her untimely death. Nel hailed from the Eastern Cape, a province known for its stunning landscape, tight-knit communities, and peaceful atmosphere. This horrendous act of violence has left the community shaken.



On August 17, Nel was discovered in a pool of her own blood by a neighbouring occupant, hours after the shooting had occurred. The attackers, two men known to her, allegedly returned to kick her as she lay injured.


The young woman, who was gravely wounded, valiantly fought for her life for five gruelling days in the hospital before succumbing to her injuries.



The local police force, represented by spokesperson Priscilla Naidu, has declared the case a murder investigation. Naidu revealed chilling details from that fateful day. Nel was alone in her bedroom when an unexpected knock came to the door. Two familiar males entered the premises, made their way to Nel's room, and fired at her.


Jackie Nel, Verushka's grieving mother, recounted her daughter's generosity and kindness that led to this tragic event. According to her, Nel had lent money to a friend and was expecting its return the day she was attacked.


Nel's character was a testament to her kindness and love for others, even sometimes at the expense of her safety. As the search for her killers continues, the authorities have urged anyone with information relating to the case to contact Crime Stop on 08600 10111 or SMS Crime Line at 32211.


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