Tyrone Philander, the younger brother of former Proteas star Vernon Philander, was shot dead in Ravensmead around lunchtime on Wednesday.

Captain FC van Wyk, Western Cape police spokesperson confirmed that police are investigating a murder case after a shooting incident at about 1.10pm on the corners of 7th Avenue and Webner Street in Ravensmead, where a 32-year-old man was shot and fatally wounded.

In a statement issued late on Wednesday, Vernon Philander thanked everyone who offered their condolences and messages of support for the family – especially members of the public.

He said “Our family is coming to terms with the brutal murder in my hometown of Ravensmead earlier today. I would like to ask that the family’s privacy be respected during this difficult time”.

Condolences poured in on social media for the deceased, with Ravensmead residents insisting he had not been involved with gangs. Vernon Philander has two other brothers, Brandon and Darryl.

Circumstances surrounding this incident are under investigation.