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“IT’S better that I die, guys!” These were the last words Shahida Nelson wrote on her Facebook page before her throat was slit. The 19-year-old from Meqheleng near Ficksburg, Free State, was allegedly killed by her 21-year-old boyfriend on Wednesday night before he hanged himself. Their bodies were later found in the same room.

Shahida’s aunt, Rose Buys (54), from Caledon Park said she had suspected something was wrong with her niece as she looked worried and was losing weight. However, Shahida said she was just stressed.

Shahida Nelson
19 year old Shahida Nelson was murdered, allegedly by her boyfriend.

“I heard she was in an abusive relationship but she wasn’t open about it.

“She was in matric at a local school. When she started losing weight, we asked what was wrong but she wouldn’t talk about it.

“She was found in her boyfriend’s back room with her throat slit open. He was found hanging next to her body.

We don’t blame the boy’s family in any way,” said Rose. Police spokesman Captain Phumelelo Dhlamini confirmed the incident.

He said Shahida’s body was found lying on the floor with her throat slit.

“Her boyfriend, Relebohile Matla (21) was also found hanging by a rope fastened to the ceiling of the room.

The motive for the killings is unknown. We are investigating a murder case and an inquest docket.

Anyone who has information about the incident should contact CrimeStop on 08600 10 111 or contact our detectives on +27519339700 or 051 933 9700,” said Dhlamini.


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