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The sports fraternity came together on Wednesday to pay their final respects to the late Reho Falcons rugby club Chairman, Etienne Coetzee, along with his two rugby-playing sons, Edmando and Ethan, and their close friend, Grecshlinn Bruwer, who all represented the same club.

Tragically, the four individuals lost their lives in a recent car accident, just 10 kilometers from Rehoboth.

Mourners from various backgrounds gathered at the Hage Geingob Rugby Stadium for a candlelight vigil held in their honor.

During his welcoming speech, Petri Theron, President of the Namibian Rugby Union, highlighted the vibrant personalities of the departed, underscoring the significance of commemorating their legacies.

Denzel Bruwer, Grecshlinn Bruwer's father, emotionally expressed his appreciation to the organizers of the candlelight vigil.

Werner Coetzee, brother of the late Etienne Coetzee, reflected on the values of living and dying for Christ, while Imelda Basson, Vice-Rector at Windhoek Gymnasium, and a teacher from Windhoek High School, shared fond memories of the Coetzee brothers and Grecshlinn Bruwer as standout rugby players during their school days.

Freddy Mwiya, Chief Administrator of the Namibia Sports Commission, conveyed gratitude for the outpouring of love and support extended to the families following the tragic incident.

Deputy Minister of Sport, Youth & National Service, Emma Kantema-Gaomas, offered heartfelt condolences on behalf of the sports ministry and the sports community, encouraging all to be beacons of light during dark times.

As the community mourns the loss of Etienne Coetzee, his sons, Edmando and Ethan, and their friend Grecshlinn Bruwer, Namibians stand united in solidarity to honor their memories and provide support to their loved ones during this challenging period.

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Richolene Ouses