A Qatar Airways pilot from South Africa died in hospital over the weekend after being shot in Melkbosstrand.

According to News24, Mark Nel (56) was shot on June 1 after he pulled his car over in a parking lot so his friend who was with him could urinate. He was then attacked and shot in the right foot. No suspects have been found.

After he was admitted to hospital, Nel’s leg was amputated. This was done as a last resort after desperate attempts to save it proved unsuccessful.

Nel died in the hospital’s Intensive Care Unit on Sunday, June 30 as a result of his injuries. Western Cape police have opened an investigation into a case of murder. Previously the case was opened as an attempted murder.

Colleagues, friends and loved ones of Nel were left reeling from the news of his tragic passing.

Nel’s colleagues described him as a “skilled aviator and friend”.

Friends took to social media to offer their condolences and express their sorrow as well as their admiration of Mark. Kevin Grinaker said in a statement on Facebook, “Mark was a man amongst men, a friend and a brilliant aviator. He had a heart of gold, a superior sense of humour and was incredibly humble.”

 

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