The victims of a failed suicide attempt by an enraged soldier (his wife and her two sisters) were buried side-by-side at West Park Cemetery yesterday.
The soldier last Wednesday, had stormed the home of his wife’s parents armed with an AK 47 assault rifle, fired about 20 shots, killing her and her two young siblings and injuring his one-year-old child before shooting himself in a failed suicide attempt in Zimbabwe following an infidelity row.
The soldier, 23-year-old Carlos Chapeyama, who is based in Gweru and his 18-month-old child Tlowi Chapeyama whom he shot once on the leg, are battling for life at Mpilo Central Hospital, Zimbabwe.
His wife, Ashley Phiri (21) and her siblings, Nkosivumile Ncube (16) and Rita Nkomo (23) died on the spot.
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Ms Phiri’s 81-year-old granny, Mrs Esther Nkomo managed to flee from the house when Chapeyama went berserk and started shooting the deceased while another relative, Mr Sipho Ndlovu (34) hid in the lounge where he had been sleeping when the mayhem started at around 1am during a power outage caused by the rains.
Speaking during the funeral at the Roman Catholic Church in Magwegwe suburb, a relative to the deceased identified as Mrs R Ndlovu, Phiri and Nkomo had each left behind two children, while Ncube finished Form Four last year.