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21-Year-Old University Student Killed In South Africa After Violent Carjacking

Hannah Cornelius, a 21-year-old student in South Africa, was raped, stabbed, and strangled to death after being abducted in a carjacking.

According to police, Cornelius was killed in Stellenbosch, South Africa, after she and a male friend, Cheslin Marsh, were carjacked by four men on Friday, May 26. Marsh survived the attack. Both were students at Stellenbosch University.

Newly released footage shows police chasing down two of the suspects who are believed to have taken part in the incident the following day. The two men, Vernon Witbooi, 32, and Geraldo Parsons, 26, are facing charges of murder, robbery with aggravating circumstances, motor vehicle theft, rape, and abduction.

Via News24:

Cornelius and a friend, Cheslin Marsh, were hijacked by four men on Saturday in Bird Street, Stellenbosch, where they had been sitting in her blue Citi Golf.

Cornelius’ body was found near a farm next to the Knorhoek Road outside Stellenbosch on Saturday morning. She was allegedly raped, stabbed with a sharp object and strangled. Marsh was apparently forced into the vehicle’s boot.

In Kraaifontein the alleged hijackers, including Witbooi and Parsons, threw stones at Marsh’s head. Witbooi and Parsons were arrested around 2:00 PM local time on Saturday, May 27, after a chase with police at a farm in Devon Valley, Stellenbosch.

Marsh was taken to a hospital in Cape Town with a broken left forearm and head injuries.

A funeral service for Cornelius, who was a second-year humanities student, is being held on Friday.

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