A few were shot by three robbers on the side of the road after their car was in South Africa without fuel.
Johanco Fleischman, 19, and girlfriend Jessica Kuhn, 23, were executed in cold blood while they waited on a bridge over the highway for a family member to bring them a can of diesel to get them going.
Two employees in the back of the car with the couple were brutally beaten by the murderers but spared the death and described the horrific double murder in shocked police.
Jessica Khun, 23, and Johanco Fleischman, 19, were shot when their car ran out of fuel
They told the police that the Toyota Hilux no longer had diesel on the N12 West near Benoni, about 20 kilometers east of Johannesburg and butcher Johanco had called a friend for help.
While they were waiting for the rescue, they said three men were walking past the car and then hissing the word & # 39; umhulungu & # 39; hissed at Johanco – a derogatory expression for a white man.
One of the men then pulled a gun without warning and fired at least nine bullets, which hit Johanco several times in the body.
As he sank down the road, the shooter leaned into the cabin and killed Jessica with a single shot on the head before she stole her cell phone.
In an attempt to hide their marks, they set fire to the inside of the Toyota with a lighter.
Jessica lay dead on the passenger seat, Johanco on the road, and the two badly beaten workers had fled their lives.
A passing motorist saw the truck on fire and used a fire extinguisher to extinguish the flames and then saw the bodies.
The shocking incident happened on the N12 West near Benoni, about 20 miles east of Johannesburg
He called the emergency services who arrived quickly.
The attack happened in broad daylight at 11 am and police and medical services were quickly there, but the couple were declared dead on the spot.
Gauteng Police Commissioner, Elias Mawela, has set up a specialized task force team to follow the three cold-blooded killers.
Police spokesperson, Lieutenant Colonel Lungelo Dlamini, said: & # 39; By condemning these cold-blooded murders, we assure the family that all possible clues are being followed to track the killers.
& # 39; These men must be considered armed and dangerous, so please contact the police and all information leading to the arrest of these three killers will be rewarded & quot ;, he said.
ER24 spokesperson Ross Campbell of the Ambulance Service said the 19-year-old man was outside the Toyota Hilux and had sustained multiple gunshot wounds and died immediately.
In an attempt to hide their marks, the attackers set fire to the inside of the Toyota with a lighter
He said the 23-year-old victim died of a single gunshot to the head and added: & # 39; both showed no signs of life and were declared dead on stage. It was terrible to happen.
& # 39; The two workers who were with the couple had fled but returned when we arrived and the South African police are investigating exactly what happened & he said.
MR Patel, head of Gauteng Province Municipal Police Commission, said: & # 39; The couple just drove to the top of the N12 exit when their vehicle ran out of fuel.
& # 39; The young man called a family friend who is a butcher to ask for a favor to bring them a can of diesel and he sent someone outside, but when he got there he found them both dead.
& # 39; There were already people on the scene and the two workers who were at the back when the attack took place had returned, but both were beaten and traumatized.
& # 39; They said the attackers had used the word "Uhmlungu", which for the "driver" is a generic name for "white man" before he started shooting, but I don't think this necessarily makes this attack racist.
& # 39; I think these were opportunists who saw a car crash and saw the possibility of robbing them, and it looks like the driver set up a fight and then everything just went completely pear-shaped.
The attackers are said to have walked past the car and despised Johanco Fleischman
& # 39; I see markings for 9 bullet girths near the car in photos, but many more could have been fired.
& # 39; We at the GPCPB condemn this honorable murder by three armed criminals and we express our heartfelt condolences to the family and friends of this couple in this pointless criminal incident.
& # 39; It is very worrying that such a blatant and brutal act of violence against innocents can be performed in broad daylight by criminals and criminal elements in our community & # 39 ;, he said.
Jessica appeared after the shooting had a photo of herself posted on Facebook in January in her own tombstone.
She then predicted her age at death as 91, but was brutally murdered just 4 months later.
She writes her name as Jess on her own headstone and in her hair-raising Facebook message she states that if she dies her destination & # 39; Hell & # 39; and puts a final wish on the marker.
It reads below a photo of her on the granite slab: & # 39; When I die, I want someone to change my status to & # 39; Chilling with Jesus & # 39; and my occupation changes to & # 39; Haunting All Of You & # 39 ;.
The photo was posted on her Facebook page in January, the month before she met the new boyfriend Johanco. It is believed that he was a driver at a butcher's shop for which she worked.
The men fired at least nine bullets, shouted Johanco into the body several times and shot Jessica in the head once
After the shooting it turned out that Jessica had placed a photo of herself on Facebook in January in her own tombstone
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