Crowborough community was left horrified yesterday after a young woman was murdered by her boyfriend who she was cohabiting with since the beginning of the lockdown.
The now-deceased Chipo Vhunga reportedly got into a heated argument with her lover, Munyaradzi, over chats with her other boyfriend, who is based in the United Kingdom.
Munyaradzi is reported to have gone through Vhunga’s messages on Monday when he was at work. He then confronted his girlfriend when he got home yesterday morning. During the confrontation, which led to a fight, Vhunga died, although her body had no signs of injuries or bleeding.
A few hours before her death, Vhunga had shared lighter moments with her neighbor only identified as Mai Manyani. “She came to my house and we shared jokes before I left to pray in the field.
When I returned, she beeped me on my phone and I didn’t return the call only to be informed that my child, Chipo, was being beaten by her boyfriend.
I didn’t take it seriously and only went thereafter I heard that she was dead.
“It’s so sad and unbearable to be killed by a person she was looking after, as he had moved in with her before they were married,” she said.
The former couple’s other neighbor Melissa said when Vhunga died, there was no sign of injury or blood at all, that they all thought she was just unconscious.
“After killing her, he left then later returned to check if she had regained consciousness because he wasn’t sure whether she had died or not.
When he returned, he was in the company of his friend and together, they rubbed ‘bute’ on her forehead in a bid to resuscitate her but it was all in vain because she had already died,” she said.
Vhunga’s landlord, who refused to be named, said she was shocked by the incident. She also said she had always known the young lady to be single and was surprised to hear that she had been killed by her ‘husband’.
She added that this wasn’t the first time that the two had fought, they were in the habit of fighting regularly and it’s a pity that it all ended in her death.
After leaving Vhunga, Munyaradzi sent messages to his co-tenants to check on her, only to find her lifeless body.
The murder scene was thronged by several residents who were curious to find out what had happened. Despite calls for people to observe social distancing the crowd was oblivious to the dangers of contracting the coronavirus.
Munyaradzi is currently on the run.
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