Sunday Tribune

Murder victim was ‘non-violent’ man

- MATTHEW SAVIDES

HER VOICE laden with sadness and anger, Sarah Donaldson says her family is battling to come to terms with the murder of her husband, Graham Donaldson, 49.

He was shot on Thursday night and died in hospital the following day.

Donaldson, intervenin­g in an attempted hijacking outside his home in High Road, Overport, was shot once in the head.

He was taken to hospital in a critical condition and died on Friday morning.

Sarah and their daughter Charné, 19, were at home.

Police spokesman Superinten­dent Vincent Mdunge said Graham Donaldson’s nephew, Colin McDonald, who was visiting from Australia, came to the house shortly after 9pm.

McDonald was approached by a man who tried to hijack the vehicle.

Donaldson, who was inside the house, heard the commo- tion and investigat­ed.

“When he got outside he shouted and tried to raise the alarm, but he didn’t realise that a second thug was hiding behind the house. This second man came out and fired a single shot,” Mdunge said.

Speaking yesterday, Sarah said her husband was “the most non-violent person you could meet”.

“He was a larger than life character. He picked up people along the way, and befriended everyone he came across.

“Coming to terms with this is very difficult, especially as we were both here when it happened,” she said.

Tributes and messages of support have poured in from neighbours and businesses.

Denyse Rowe wrote that Donaldson was “somebody who was always around to help”, while Amanda and Alan Matthews described him as “such a super person”.

Sarah yesterday thanked the community for their support through their ordeal.

Mdunge said no arrests had been made, and that police were continuing their investigat­ion.

matthew.savides@inl.co.za

 ??  ?? Graham Donaldson, who was shot and killed during an attempted hijacking.
Graham Donaldson, who was shot and killed during an attempted hijacking.

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