20 year old Naizi Evah, a 3rd year Systems Engineering student of the Vaal University of Technology near Johannesburg was found stabbed to death in her room last Saturday.
A suspect, who was known to the deceased was arrested and granted bail pending the outcome of investigations.
As the school grappled with a murder that never should have happened, friends gathered in a memorial service to pay tribute to her, although most friends were too distraught to speak.
Her brother described her as a beautiful, intelligent and God-fearing and also appealed to the students to remain calm and focus on assisting the security agents with information to help solve the murder.
Describing the circumstances surrounding her death, the Acting Vice Chancellor of the university, Prof. Gordon Zide, said, “On Saturday 24th of May, we received a call from one of our Directors of Residences, informing us that there was a murder that has taken place at one of the hostels.
“The suspect is indeed our student, his origin is from Zimbabwe. They are conducting a DNA test for both the deceased and the suspect and currently they are awaiting the result which will come from Pretoria.”
The said suspect is her boyfriend of 3 years, whom friends allege was abusive to the deceased. One of Naizi’s female friends, Ripfumelo Mukhavele, said amid tears, “I know that she dumped Trevor because Trevor told me that he messed up and wanted to fix things. They always dumped each other and got back together…but I never took it serious.”
Naizi’s brother, Michael Evah, confirmed to Channels Television that the Police had indeed taken up the case but expressed their determination to see it concluded.
“We do not want a situation where the case would die without trace”, he said, even though the suspect has denied culpability.
While investigations continue in order to solve the case, Naizi Evah’s remains would be returned to Nigeria on Tuesday, June 3 for interment.
Spokesperson for the Vaal University of Technology, Michael Kuboni, said in his tribute speech, “The memories of Miss Naizi Evah stay in our hearts and may her soul rest in eternal peace.”