A massive funeral is planned for the superbike racer who was killed in an early morning crash on Monday.
Anthony Shelley, 19, who competed nationally in the 1000cc superbike class, died when his motorcycle collided with a bakkie on the Old Pretoria Road in Petit, east of Johannesburg, Rekord Centurion reported.
Shelley lived in Rosslyn during the week, and went home to his father and stepmother in Brakpan, on the East Rand, over weekends.
His stepmother Amelia van As said a mass ride and memorial service was planned at the Red Star Raceway on Thursday afternoon at 14:00.
“That raceway was like his church, so we thought it appropriate to host his memorial there,” said Van As.
“Anyone who knew Anthony is welcome to join us,” she said,
She said the family was thankful for the outpouring of love and support it had received since his death.
His fellow racers and friends have been posting messages to his Facebook page.
A school friend Chanté Lubbe said Shelley always had a smile on his face.
“Whenever I had a bad day, I could always count on Anthony to brighten it,” she said.
“He hated negativity and loved telling jokes. I will miss him terribly.”
Van As has asked that any witness to the accident report what they saw to the Benoni police station on 011-747-0000.
“We think we know what happened, but we need witnesses to confirm it. Anyone who knows anything must please step forward,” said Van As.
– Caxton News Service