A South African socialite, Karabo Mokoena was reported missing on April 28, 2017.
Her father took to social media, sharing photos of Karabo and asking anyone with information on her whereabouts to contact him.
Nigerian singer Niyola, who was friends with Karabo also announced on her Instagram page that Mokoena was missing, urging anyone with useful information to reach out to her.
However, in a gory turn of events on May 11, Karabo’s father announced on Facebook that his daughter was murdered by her boyfriend who confessed to burning her body.
After news of Karabo’s death hit the web, Niyola shared a screenshot of the last conversation she had with her friend, hinting that Karabo had been in a troubled relationship and they often talked about it.
“I really shouldn’t be doing this but the worst has happened and someone’s life might be saved . My friend was murdered by her ex and burned beyond recognition . Before then he had battered her black and blue on one occasion and would constantly drain her emotionally . These signs were there , he tried to kill her many times until he succeeded . Now my friend is gone and she ll never be able to grow into the person God destined her to be . If he pushes you , hits you , yells at you … my dear take to your heels before you get yourself killed . Life is too fickle to be toyed with . Only a fool refuses to learn from other people’s lessons.”
She also wrote: “I stared at your pictures for so long , the last conversation we had , hoping to find an answer . Why ???? What was the whole point????? How could you do this to yourself , to me , to your family ! I don’t know how to do this Kay . Words fail me !!!!!!!!!! Rest In Peace my friend. I love you so much!”
Tributes are pouring out to the beautiful Karabo on social media with the hashtag #ripkarabo.
The hashtag has also been used to create awareness on the prevailing domestic violence affecting women.
One user wrote: “Men make life unsafe for women. 50% of murdered women are killed by someone they have an intimate relationship with. #RIPKarabo”
Another wrote: “Dear Ladies In Abusive Relationships..Let This Be A Wake Up Call To You All..Your Life Matters!! #RIPKarabo”