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Friday, 18 July 2008

When is daddy coming home?

Nikky Oosthuizen, Die Burger

Cape Town - The widow of a police inspector said her "fairy tale is in pieces" after her husband was shot dead in Tamboerskloof in Cape Town on Tuesday.

Inspector Lukas Nell was searching a suspected robber when the man shot him twice.

His widow Karen Nell, who met her husband when she was 15, said on Wednesday that she lost her "unique, dedicated prince".

The couple had been together for 20 years.

"He helped me with my maths in matric, while he was in police college."

They have a daughter Nikita, 14, and sons, Marnus, 5, and Marnu, 4.

"The boys keep asking when Daddy is coming home from work," Lukas's brother Reinier said.

"His children were crazy about their father.

'Dedicated to his work'

"When they heard the front gate, they would run to greet him."

Karen said her husband was someone who was always ready to help others.

"Even on his days off, student police officers and members of the public would ask for his help. He was dedicated (to his work) for 16 years, even when he was ill."

Reinier said Lukas joined the police force straight after school and never doubted his choice of career.

"He lived for his work."

Lukas was described as a pillar of his family.

"If someone needed something, they would always phone him."

The family said they were very grateful for the support they have received from the community and the police.

A memorial service, organised by Tamboerskloof residents, will be held in New Church Street in Tamboerskloof at 10:00 on Thursday.

There will be another memorial service at Lukas's parents' home in Parow Valley on Thursday evening.

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