Sunday, April 25, 2010

Back Home in Zululand Another victim of violent crime

Juan will be missed in our community he was a friendly
and well liked young man in his prime
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Emergency services made every effort to save Juan Champ (37) after he was shot while entering Absa Empangeni on Monday
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Well-known Empangeni restaurant manager Juan Champ (37) was ruthlessly shot and killed in a robbery attempt outside Absa Bank in Empangeni on Monday afternoon. Manager of Wimpy Empangeni, Champ was walking into the bank from his business across the street when two armed men ran towards him and the female staff member accompanying him. The men were allegedly trying to steal the money that Champ was going to deposit. During the ensuing struggle, the money bag dropped to the floor and the woman grabbed it and ran into the safety of the bank. One of the attackers then shot Champ in the chest before escaping in a red Golf. A second woman was shot in the hand. Champ ran inside the bank atrium and collapsed on the floor. Emergency services worked hard to save his life, but their efforts were in vain. He was declared dead at Empangeni Garden Clinic at 3.45pm. Empangeni police were quick to follow the suspects, who were seen driving towards Mtubatuba. However, the trail ran cold and the men are still at large. This was the second robbery attempt involving Champ in the past month. Champ was born in Empangeni in 1972 and attended Richards Bay High School. He worked at Wimpy Empangeni for the past 11 years and will be dearly missed by the community.