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Ex-South Africa pacer Vernon Philander’s brother murdered in Cape Town

Written by Vipin Darwade

The younger brother of former South Africa fast bowler Vernon Philander has been shot dead metres away from his home in the afternoon of Wednesday in Ravensmead, Cape Town.

According the local reports Tyrone was delivering a trolley with water to a neighbour when he was shot. An African News Agency (ANA) reporter said his shattered mother Bonita, accompanied by a family member, watched in horror 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 confirmed that police are investigating a murder case after a shooting incident at 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.

Vernon Philander, who retired from international cricket earlier this year at age of 34, issued a statement and thanked well wishers for the condolence messages and their support during this tough time. He further requested media and others to respect the privacy of the family and to not speculate and make police’s work tougher.

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