Victims of crazed killer mourned

Picture taken on scene after the attack at Sutton’s family home. Photo: Supplied

Eersterust families and friends mourning the victims of last week’s stabbing spree .

Two residents were killed and others injured when a seemingly deranged man wreaked havoc in a knife attack.

Resident, James Flint described one of the victims, Allen Davis, whom he had known for years, as a loving person.

“He cared about the people closest to him and he was never without a smile on his face,” he said.

“It saddens me that he was murdered so unfairly.

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I believe the killer was using drugs. The crazed killer should not have killed all those innocent people. He should have killed the drug dealers in the area.

I still cannot believe Davis is gone. I will miss him dearly.”

The killer, believed to be in his early 20s, was arrested in Karel Abel Avenue on Wednesday when he attacked a family in their home.

This was after he had hijacked and stabbed a woman in Furst Avenue. He then drove to another house and attacked and stabbed a man, who died on the scene.

Monique Sutton, a resident in Eersterust, told Rekord how the violent attacker ended up in her home – threatening to kill her mother and siblings.

“He was completely mad. He just stormed into my mother’s house, without reason, threatening to stab and kill my family with the same knife he used to kill the poor old man across the street,” said Sutton.

She said the attack happened around 17:00.

“The kids were playing outside like they usually do, when my mother heard them screaming,” said Sutton.

“My brother’s kid rushed into the house and this young man with a knife followed him.”

Sutton said her 51-year-old mother confronted the bloodied stranger.

“He was going to attack her and she threw a vase, the nearest thing she could find, at him to try and protect herself,” Sutton said.

“When my brother rushed in to intervene, the attacker turned on him and threatened to stab him to death.”

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Sutton said her brother threw chairs at the attacker to ward him off.

Eventually, she said, the man ran into her sister’s room.

“My sister (21), had run and hid in her closet when she heard the commotion inside the house.”

Sutton said the crazed attacker locked himself in the room where her sister was hiding.

“My mother and brother heard him throwing things around the room and talking to himself. My sister remained quiet and after a while, they feared he might have done something to her.

When the police arrived, they got into the room where the man was still ranting and raving. When they tried to restrain him he attacked one of the policemen and stabbed him.

They (police) eventually had to use a stun grenade to subdue him.”

Sutton said her family was traumatised by the ordeal.

“He must have been high on drugs. Who walks into a house and starts threatening to attack random innocent people? We’re not safe in our own homes anymore.”

Police spokesperson Sergeant Sam Shibambo confirmed the attack on the police officer.

“He was stabbed in the upper body and was rushed to hospital.”

The extent of the policeman’s injuries were unknown.

Picture taken on scene after the attack at Sutton’s family home. Photo: Supplied

Picture taken on scene after the attack at Sutton’s family home. Photo: Supplied

Picture taken on scene after the attack at Sutton’s family home. Photo: Supplied

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Kayla van Petegem

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