Police have identified a 9-year-old girl‚ killed on Monday morning in a car hijacking gone awry in Chatsworth‚ as Sadia Sukhraj.
The girl had been taken along with the car by three alleged hijackers when her father‚ pastor Shailendra Sukhraj‚ was hijacked near their home in Shallcross on Monday morning.
The 9-year-old was shot in the stomach. She was rushed to hospital‚ and later died.
Tributes for the little girl — the only child of Sukhraj and his wife Lorraine — and outrage at her death gained momentum on social media as news of her shooting went viral.
The father and daughter had been leaving their home in an IX35 vehicle — which according to Sukraj’s Facebook page was bought in February — when they were accosted by the gunmen.
The hijackers then sped away with the girl inside‚ only to hit a truck and then lose control of the car in a nearby park.
One of the men was arrested by an off-duty police officer as he fled the scene‚ another died near the vehicle and a third man remains at large.
Shallcross community police forum chairman Mahendra Lillkan said the incident was the first hijacking in the area in recent months. “The community is shocked and saddened by this incident. We just don’t know what to say. General housebreakings have been continuing but hijackings seemed to be under control. We are surprised by what happened this morning‚” he said.
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