Tyrone Philander, the younger brother of former South African Pacer Vernon Philander was shot dead on Wednesday afternoon, in Cape Town, South Africa. Tyrone was just metres away from home delivering water to a neighbour when he was shot. As of now, Police are investigating the murder case.
It has been learnt that the attacker is still not caught. The Cape Town police had confirmed the incident stating, at about 1.10 pm on the corners of 7th Avenue and Webner Street in Ravensmead, 32-year-old Tyrone Philander was shot and fatally wounded.
Vernon Philander confirms the demise of his younger brother Tyrone
The former South African pacer took to Twitter to confirm the news of his younger brother Tyrone’s demise. He issued a statement thanking the well-wishers for their support and requested all to be allowed to mourn in peace.
“I would like to confirm the following and wish that our family’s wish to allow us to mourn be respected. Thank you all for the love and support,” tweeted Vernon.
“Our family is coming to terms with the brutal murder in my hometown of Ravensmead earlier today. I would like to ask that the family’s privacy be respected during this difficult time.
“The murder is now the subject of a police investigation and we respectfully ask that the media give the police the space to conduct a thorough investigation. There are no details around the incident at the moment and speculation will make it very difficult for us as a family to mourn in peace.
“Tyrone is forever in our hearts. May his soul rest in peace,” Vernon Philander further said in a statement released by his family.
Vernon was part of the World Number one South African Test team in 2012 and had announced his retirement earlier this year at 34 years of age. He has 224 Test wickets to his name in 64 matches played for the Proteas.