Marolien Schmidt, a well-known physiotherapist, was murdered in her home, and the Gqeberha community is in grief.
According to Eastern Cape police spokesman Capt Sandra Janse Van Rensburg, the 40-year-old was discovered lying on the floor with stab wounds in the early hours of Women’s Day.
The incident occurred in the Richmond Hill area.
“It is alleged that at about 1.40 am, neighbours heard her screaming as well as the breaking of glass. They immediately responded and found her lying on the floor with stab wounds. She was rushed to hospital but succumbed to her injuries.
“It was later established that the suspect gained entrance to the property by breaking a side window. It is unclear what was taken during the attack and police are investigating a murder case”, Janse van Rensburg said.
Richmond Hill residents have paid tribute to the well-known physiotherapist on social media.
The Facebook page for the community released photographs and videos from a vigil held outside her home, which featured a tribute from her mother.
“We mourn Marolien’s death, we celebrate her life as a sportswoman (Iron Man competitor), as a dynamic and excellent physiotherapist, an animal lover, supporter of the sick, her sharp sense of humour, her strong friend and family ties, her determination to overcome Long Covid (and competed again in the 70.3 Iron Man!) and last but not least, her dedication to the sport disciplines she participated in.”
A fellow physiotherapist described her as an “all-around amazing human being” and said they were all “gutted” to learn of her murder.
Officers have stated that a manhunt for her killer has been initiated and have requested anyone with information to call Humewood police, Crime Stop on 08600 10111, or the nearest police station.