South African national football team's captain Senzo Meyiwa was fatally shot in a town near Johannesburg by burglars after he tried to save his pop star girlfriend Kelly Khumalo.
The 27-year-old goalkeeper was at Khumalo's home in Vosloorus on Sunday when two intruders broke in and demanded the couple hand over their valuables. The burglars fled the scene after shooting the Bafana Bafana star, who succumbed to his injuries on the way to the hospital.
"Two guys entered the house and demanded cell phones, money and other valuables," the provincial official for community safety, Sizakele Nkosi-Malubane, told press. "Senzo tried to protect Kelly because one of the men had a gun pointed towards her."
The death of South African football's biggest star caused outrage among fans who gathered around the crime scene and demanded the killers to be instantly brought to justice. Some even blamed Khumalo for the incident, claiming had she not forced Meyiwa to cheat on his wife he'd still be alive.
Violent crime is a major issue in South Africa. On average, around 50 people are killed each day. The rate was brought a bit under control over the past decade, but it has gone up again this year. More than 17,000 people were murdered in the country in the 12-month period ending on March 2014.
The high frequency of homicides in South Africa means violence inevitability touches on celebrities and sports stars as well. Oscar Pistorius' culpable murder of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp was one such incident involving a high-profile personality, and Meyiwa's is now another.