Cape Town – A young Cape Town mother was hailed as a hero after her death as she protected her two young children from a hail of gang bullets on Tuesday afternoon.
Heartbroken parents of 26-year-old Shameema Doherty say she made the ultimate sacrifice protecting her seven-year-old son and four-year-old daughter as heartless gangsters opened fire near their home in Lavender Hill.
Her devastated mother, Gaironesa, said Shameema and her two children had just returned home and were heading for the front door when the shooting started.
“I was at my sister’s house at the time. It was just before 5 p.m. when my husband Adiel came home with Shameema and her two children because he drove them away.
“They were entering the house when the shooting started and Shameema ran to get them in quickly and that’s when she was shot,” Gaironesa said.
Traumatized neighbors say they watched in horror as Shameema collapsed in the street and blood flowed over a sandy area after the men fired more than 19 indiscriminate shots in the street.
Her father ran to try to help her as she collapsed and took her to the retreating day hospital where she was later pronounced dead after being punched in the abdomen.
Police spokesman Captain FC van Wyk said: “Muizenberg police are investigating a murder case after a 26-year-old woman was shot and taken to a nearby medical facility where she was killed. later died of injuries.
“No arrests have yet been made.”
Tears flowed at the family home in Shameema on Wednesday, where locals gathered to sympathize with her parents.
They described her as a dedicated mother and shared their frustrations with the continued gang violence.
“Shameema was a very happy person and loved to make jokes,” Gaironesa said.
“She was a good mother who did everything for her children and we are sorry that she had to die like that. Her children and her father are traumatized.
“We are waiting to know when the morgue will release his body. We want to bury him [today]. “
Police are calling for help and urging anyone with information to call Detective Lt. Col. Nonkula on 082 469 2694 or Crime Stop on 08600 10111.