As police continue their search for suspects linked to the brutal murders of a Randfontein family of four, a friend has spoken out about one of the victim’s past struggles.
Monty McCormack, 73, his son Kennith McCormack, 42, Kennith’s fiancée Marietjie Meyer and her nine-year-old daughter Kayla, were killed on a Randfontein farm in Rodora, Doornfontein, last week.
Randfontein Police spokesperson Captain Appel Ernst said the victims allegedly all sustained blunt force trauma, Randfontein Herald reported.
It is believed the elder McCormack was at the time of the incident visiting South Africa after his family immigrated to the United Kingdom a few years ago.
Ernst said a person close to the family discovered his body after being asked to check on him following concerns from overseas family members when he didn’t answer his phone.
While police were conducting their investigation, they found Meyer in an incomplete building on the premises. They later also found the 9-year-old victim’s body in a shed.
The family friend, who wished to remain anonymous due to the sensitive nature of the matter, said she had known Meyer for more than 30 years.
“We lost contact for about 20 years but about five years ago we made contact again around the time of a school reunion,” she said.
“Marietjie left school when she was in Grade 8 to start working because as far as I know her family was struggling. She has struggled a lot over the years.”
She said things were looking up for Marietjie when she met Kennith, whom she described as her soul mate. The two had been together for a year now. She described Meyer’s daughter as being very open and loving.
The friend explained the two sometimes had to sleep in their car while the house was being built.
“They were almost finished building the house, which makes it even sadder. Things were improving for them,” she said.
– Caxton News Service