The community of Noordhoek has been left reeling in shock after trail athlete and business owner Wesley Sweetnam was shot and killed in his home on Sunday by an unknown suspect.
Sweetnam was not only a trial athlete but also the owner of pet groom business, Doggy-Style Grooming, Boarding & Doggy Daycare.
SAPS spokesperson Andrè Traut said that the matter is under investigation.
According to Traut the circumstances surrounding the death of a 30 year old male are being investigated after he was shot and killed at his Noordhoek residence at around 05:50 by an unknown gunman. The suspect is yet to be arrested and the motive for the murder could be robbery.
Community members as well as organisations who have closely worked with Sweetnam, have sent their condolences to his family and condemned his murder on social media.
One post read:
“We mourn this tragic, senseless event which has taken the life from one so young. I know I am joined by many who knew and know the Sweetnams in sending our heartfelt condolences to the entire family. There is a numbness in us which will not easily go away. He will not be forgotten.”
Outdoor and sporting good company K-Way also paid tribute to Sweetnam, who was a trail athlete and brand ambassador for them.
“Wesley was a promising athlete who has been blazing a trail within the competitive trail running community, for a number of years. Along with Wesley’s endurance and astonishing talent, he was known for his soft heart, big smile and even bigger personality. He was a ray of sunshine and an inspiration to many – for truly living his life to the fullest,” a statement read.
“We extend our condolences to the friends and family of Wesley. Know, that you are in our thoughts and forever part of our family.”
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