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Obsessed Phoenix man shoots former lover

Amidst the 16 Days of Activism against Violence of Women and Children, the Phoenix community was left in shock and horror after the fatal shooting of a 25-year-old Brigbury Place woman at the hands of her ‘jealous’ ex-lover on Friday.

It is alleged that the ex-lover, a Blue security guard, Shiraz Ismail, had come over to the Phoenix area from Chatsworth, when he had a domestic dispute with Christine Pillay, and then shot her, her mother and the security guard who was guarding the block of flats, before turning the gun on himself.

The tragedy broke out while Pillay was preparing to get married to someone else on December 30. Her relationship with Ismail had apparently ended four years ago, but it has been claimed that he was still not over her.

Christine Pillay

Phoenix SAPS communications officer, Cpt Louise Naidoo, said on Friday at about 8:45pm, police officers responded to a complaint of a shooting at Brigbury Flats.

Recognising when love turns into an obsession in a relationship can mean the difference between life or death. This according to clinical psychologist Dr. Sherona Rawat in reaction to the murder of a Phoenix women, allegedly at the hands of her ex-boyfriend.

It is alleged that 25-year old Shiraz Ismail shot his 25-year-old ex-girlfriend Christine Pillay, her mother and a security guard before turning the gun on himself. Reports indicate that Pillay was soon to be married.

Dr Rawat says, when a relationship has ended, it’s important for people to seek professional help if they find themselves unable to move on.

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Upon their arrival at the scene, members found paramedics working on the victims already. “The members noticed a 25-year-old who was fatally shot, a 51-year old female believed to be the mother of the 25-year-old also being treated for a gunshot wound, and an Indian male attired in a Blue Security uniform fatally shot in the head,” said Cpt Naidoo.

Cpt Naidoo said members were then taken around the flats where a 35-year-old African male who was the security guard at the flats was also being treated for a gunshot wound to the stomach. Pillay’s mother and the guard were taken to Umhlanga Hospital for treatment.

“The firearm that the deceased used was found next to his body and four 9mm spent cartridges were found outside the house while one 9mm cartridge was found inside,” said Cpt Naidoo.

She confirmed that Phoenix SAPS are investigating a case of murder and attempted murder. Locals and civic leaders have since condemned the incident especially as it took place during a worldwide campaign opposing violence against women and children.

Sources: SABC Newsbreak, Phoenix Sun