Three women are dead, one of whom was a teenager in South Africa. The three were reportedly shot in the head in the execution-style killing on Monday, Sept. 27.

A motive behind the killing has yet to be established although it is being tied to the growing number of gender-based killings in the country.

Western Cape police spokesperson Brigadier Novela Potelwa confirmed the incident on Tuesday, Sept. 28. A 72-hour activation plan for the mobilization of resources was done as authorities hunt down the people behind the killing of the three women.

"Reports from the scene indicate that residents at the TT Block informal settlement recall hearing gunshots after 20:00. A few minutes later the bodies of young women aged 17, 20 and 21 were discovered in a passage between the shacks. The victims had all been shot in their heads," Potelwa stated.

"As investigations into the murders continue, the motive for the shooting incident is yet to be determined,” he added.

Two of the three victims were identified as Unam Bless and Malone Zaynee Skemper.

Of the two, One Azola Lungile shared how Bless had a passion for dancing.

"What a tragedy that I've just heard now , a young talented female who had a passion of dancing and living her best life was shot to Death yesterday right after she posted how happy she is in her life , Unam Bless baby girl I so wish your family finds strength and wisdom to overcome this tragedy that has happened to you , Rest In Peace my love , you will forever be in our hearts and minds & may your beautiful soul finds peace andinawo namazwi kukothuka. Rest Easy my love," she said.

The case has spurred concerns within the Khayelitsha community of gender-based violence and femicide over the past few months.

Several cases have been reported in the past months, including some women who ended up being set on fire. There was even the case of a 79-year-old woman who was raped and then torched inside her home.

"I am really tired now, unless we as the community rise up and defend our community. We have let our guard down and allowed criminals to be our equals,” Khayelitsha Development Forum chairperson Ndithini Tyhido stated.

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