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Heroic Intervention Turns Deadly: Peacemaker Killed in Attempt to Stop Domestic Violence

In a shocking turn of events, a courageous individual who tried to act as a peacemaker lost their life while trying to intervene in a violent altercation between a husband and his wife. The incident occurred on the evening of June 13, 2023, at Nyimbiri Village, Mandely Farm, Epworth, sending shockwaves through the community.

Attempt to Stop a Fight Ends in Tragedy

According to the official statement released by the Zimbabwe Republic Police, the suspect, Lawrence Nyagadzi (23), viciously attacked Dubekhile Imbayago (43) after the victim bravely stepped in to stop the fight between the suspect and his wife. Eyewitnesses reported that the suspect assaulted Mr. Imbayago with his bare hands before delivering a fatal blow using a sand brick. Tragically, the victim succumbed to his injuries at the scene.

In  a statement, the police said,

“Police in Harare have arrested Lawrence Nyagadzi (23) in connection with a case of murder which occurred at Nyimbiri Village, Mandely Farm, Epworth on 13/06/23.

“The suspect assaulted Dubekhile Imbayago (43) with hands before hitting him a sand brick on the chest after the victim had intervened to stop a fight between the suspect and his wife. The victim died on the spot.”


A Community Mourns a Selfless Hero

News of the incident spread rapidly throughout the village, leaving local residents stunned and grieving. Those who knew Mr. Imbayago described him as a selfless individual who always stood up against injustice and sought to protect those in need.

Seeking Justice: Investigation Underway

Law enforcement authorities have swiftly responded to the incident, arresting Lawrence Nyagadzi in connection with the case of murder. Meanwhile, another murder case has come to the attention of the police. Philimon Mareya (50) was found dead near a dumping site in Eastview on the same day, with a deep cut on his forehead. The Zimbabwe Republic Police are appealing to the public for any information that may assist in the investigation of this second case.

A Call to Address Domestic Violence

The tragic loss of Dubekhile Imbayago serves as a sombre reminder of the risks involved in intervening in violent domestic situations. While his bravery and selflessness should be commended, it is crucial to prioritize personal safety and seek professional help when faced with such circumstances.


Raising Awareness and Building Support

This heartbreaking incident highlights the urgent need for greater awareness, support, and preventive measures to combat domestic violence. Communities must unite against this pervasive issue, ensuring that resources are available to protect individuals facing abuse.