This morning I got informed by friends that a good friend of mine, Freek ('Frekie') van Niekerk was shot and killed during what appears to be a robbery. He lived in South-Africa after finishing his studies in the UK. His family and friends, myself included, will all miss him terribly. You can read a news article about it (in Afrikaans) here: http://www.dieburger.com/nuus/2013-06-01-pa-ken-sy-seun-26-se-lyk-uit
For me this seems all so terribly surreal. I met Frekie online years ago when I was busy with fansubbing Japanese anime series. I know him as an always happy and cheerful person, who on many occasions has supported me when I was going through difficult times. Just typing this is extremely hard for me. Just thinking about it all causes me start crying. It's just horrible to realize how such a wonderful person's life was cut short because one or more individuals wanted to steal his laptop and phone. It's the most senseless kind of death, leaving all of us behind with a sensation of terrible loss.
I do hope they capture those responsible so that some justice can take place, but I realize all too well that we won't get Frekie back with this.
We miss you, Frekie.