04/02/2007 23:14 - (SA)
Hilda Fourie, Beeld
Pretoria - "We are going to kill all you whites, a robber shouted at Martin Vermeulen, 28, this weekend, moments after shooting his friend.
Albie Greyling, 25, died on his mother's lawn in Eldoraigne, Pretoria, about 19:30 on Friday after being shot above his left eye.
Albie, a final-year paramedic at the University of Johannesburg, became engaged to Sandra Barnard in December, and made the final payment on the ring on Friday.
Yolanda Barnard, Sandra's sister, said Albie just happened to be at home on Friday.
He was to have gone to a braai, but first went to drop off his clothes at home. He stayed in Johannesburg during the week.
Cornered by the robbers
His 60-year-old mother Susan, was overpowered by three robbers in her flat about 19:00.
They hit her on the back of the head with a revolver and ran out of the house with R700 and her cellphone.
That's when the robbers ran into Martin and Albie.
They first fired a shot at Martin, but missed and Albie was shot.
Martin ran around to the swimming pool at the back, where he was cornered by the robbers. He told them to take everything, but just to leave him.
They saw their chance to escape and fled.
Yolanda said the robbers had spoken to Albie's mom in Afrikaans, "but what really upsets me is that they told Martin that they were going to kill all of you whites".