Vernon Philander has asked for the public to respect his family's privacy after his younger brother was gunned down in cold blood in Cape Town.
The body of Tyrone Philander was found just outside his Ravensmead home after the 32-year-old was shot dead on Wednesday.
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Local authorities reported that members of the victim's family were outside doing washing when they heard the gunshots.
Police are yet to make an arrest over the murder.
Retired South Africa fast bowler Philander confirmed the tragic news on social media, along with a statement from his shattered family.
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🙏 https://t.co/ciyEt8VYLT— Vernon Philander (@VDP_24) October 7, 2020
“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,” he said.
"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.”
It's understood the shooter is still on the run, with authorities trying to piece together the circumstances leading up to the murder.
The African News Agency reported that the victim's mother and another family member found his body lying on the street after the incident.
"They don’t know what happened. They were in the yard, busy with the washing and they heard shots," a spokesperson for the Ravensmead Community Policing Forum, Zelda Tantraal, said.
Outpouring of support for Philander family
Social media has been inundated with condolences for Philander and his family after the devastating tragedy.
Thoughts and prayers go out to Vernon Philander and his family during this difficult time. 🙏— IG: Sportsidechicks (@sportsidechicks) October 7, 2020
Absolutely horrible.— Ivan Henn #BLM (@IvanHnn) October 7, 2020
Thoughts and prayer big Vern— mangaliso mosehle (@Mosehle33) October 7, 2020
My sincere condolences on the passing of your brother today 💔💔💔💔😢😢😢😢. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this very difficult and heartbreaking time ❤❤💜💜🙏🙏. Thinking you champ 🙏🙏😢😢— Nickybugs (@Nickybugs1) October 7, 2020
I am truly sorry for your loss vernon. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this very difficult time ❤️— Myra (@myraxh18) October 7, 2020
Condolences to you and your family Big Vern may your brother's soul rest in peace 🙏.— Debora Lethuba👠👜 🏏💕 (@DeboraLethuba) October 7, 2020
Sending you our sincere condolences mate - 💙 such incredibly sad news. Love to you all x— ian taylor (@tails7) October 7, 2020
Sorry to hear this news Vernon... God Bless you and family! Love from Australia 🙏🏻— Andrew Shimmin (@Bigshim) October 7, 2020
Philander retired from international cricket earlier this year after a stellar career with the Proteas.
The fast bowler's Test figures of 224 wickets at 22.32 in the years between 2011 and 2020 made him one of the finest quicks of the decade.
Philander is seventh on all-time list of South African Test wicket-takers.
The 35-year-old also took 41 wickets in 30 one-day internationals for South Africa, averaging 24.04 with the white ball.
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