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Cold-blooded killing

by Melissa Papier
20 Jun 2007
Peoples Post
Peoples Post

A family is torn apart by the senseless killing of their only daughter after robbers entered their family home, ransacking it before dumping her body alongside a road nearby.

Lameez Isaacs (21) was a young woman with a love for life and family. She had her whole life ahead of her, but instead has become another crime statistic after she was shot in the head.

Speaking to the People's Post her brother, Mr Fagrie Isaacs, remembered his sister as a loving, humble person who lived her life for her parents and who was true to her religious beliefs.

A distraught Isaacs battled to remain composed as he spoke about the fond memories of his baby sister.

"She was innocent in every way, she loved reading and children; (she had) a special collection of teddy bears," said Isaacs. "She always wanted to travel and had just enrolled for a computer course which she was very excited about doing. We were always doing things together and that is what I will miss the most about her, especially looking at her face in the rear view mirror of my car - all I see now is an empty space of where she used to be."

According to Inspector Chris Alexander, Strandfontein police station spokesman, a complaint was received on Wednesday, 13 June at about 13:00 of a body that was dumped alongside Baden Powell Drive.

"Police were dispatched to the scene and while attending to it another complaint was received about a housebreaking in process," said Alexander, adding that the police investigation linked the two cases to each other.

"At the scene there was no sign of forced entry and two firearms were stolen from the safe, with electrical appliances and jewellery also stolen from the premises. Witnesses say a VW Golf with three male occupants were seen parking in the garage."

Mrs Rukea Isaacs, Lameez's mother, said the family is still trying to pick up the pieces.

"My husband and I didn't want to return to the house, because the memories in the house are too painful to deal with. All things in the house remind us of the daughter we lost," said Isaacs, fighting back tears.

"She was a beautiful child inside and out. It hurts us knowing that these persons entered our home and hurt our daughter, regardless of all the security which we have at our home. My husband is taking it hard, by blaming himself for not protecting his daughter."

The family is still trying to find answers to what took place on the day. "We don't have another life to replace our precious daughter. The way she died is very difficult for us to deal with."

Her father, Mr Abdullatief Isaacs, was too distraught to speak to the media.

Lameez was buried on Thursday according to Muslim rites. The police a 35-year-old man from Khayelitsha was taken in for questioning on Thursday morning. Dockets for murder, house-breaking, abduction and theft of a motor vehicle were opened.

"We are following up all possible leads and we expect to make arrests soon. Our detectives are working around the clock and the case is being treated as a priority case."

Anyone with information can contact investigating officer Sergeant John George on (021) 370 1517.

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