A 20-YEAR-OLD South Africa-based Zimbabwean was last week shot dead by his friend following a quarrel over R100.
Wayne Tagarira, originally from Bulawayo’s Magwegwe North suburb, was shot in the chest, a few hours before New Year’s Day, when he was out with his friends.
Tagarira’s aunt, who was visibly distraught, told Southern Eye that on the fateful night, they received a message from South Africa informing them of their nephew’s death.
“A few hours before New Year’s Day, we received a message from South Africa notifying us that Wayne was dead,” the aunt, Rudo Tagarira, said.
“I could not believe it because we last spoke to him on Sunday.
“The message said he had been shot in the chest by a friend and he had died on the spot.”
Rudo said Wayne had lent his friend R100, but when he went to ask that he pay it back, the friend ran away and returned with the gun, which he used to shoot him in the chest.
Wayne’s grandmother, Moddy Tagarira, who could barely talk, said she was still in disbelief and failing to come to terms with the loss of her grandson.
“To me this feels like a nightmare, because I last spoke to Wayne on Sunday,” she said.
“He was apologising for not coming to Zimbabwe for the Christmas holiday due to work commitments. When he called me, we were laughing so much and he even promised to send me money to extend our house.”
Moddy described Wayne as a quiet man, who was fond of playing soccer.
She said she never expected that one day he would pick a fight with anyone to the extent of losing his own life.
Moddy said the family is expecting the deceased’s body on Thursday and it is then that funeral arrangements would be made.
It is believed that Wayne’s killer has since been apprehended by the police in South Africa and he is helping them with investigations.