Chilima joins Minister Sendeza in burying daughter murdered in US

Vice-President Saulos Chilima on Wednesday joined hundreds of Malawians who gathered to pay their last respects to late Noria Sendeza who was murdered  in Indiana, in the United States of America (USA) last month.

VP Chilima marching forward to lay a wreath. Pic by Gerald Kampanikiza
Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mkaka, about to lay a wreath. Pic by Gerald Kampanikiza
Chilima during the burial ceremony. Pic by Gerald Kampanikiza

Noria was the daughter of Malawi’s Deputy Minister of Defence Jean Sendeza.

The funeral ceremony took place at Matapila village in the area of Traditional Authority  Mazengera in Lilongwe after the body arrived in the country Tuesday afternoon.

The 29-year-old Noria was shot dead by a 37-year-old fellow Malawian, Kalekeni Lindeire in South Bend,  Indiana, in USA.

Wearing a somber mood and black suit, Chilima said a child is a gift from God and may His name be praised for taking away the gift which He blessed the family with.

He, however, said the sudden death of Noria was shocking and described the act as  barbaric.

“I was shocked to learn the sudden death of Noria who was shot by a fellow Malawian. It is with this heavy heart that I have come to join everyone here to comfort the Sendeza family in these trying times. It is barbaric to kill a fellow human being and wicked to intentionally leave the victim’s family and friends suffering their loss,” said Chilima.

Chilima, who is also Minister of Economic Planning and Development and Public Sector Reforms,  then encouraged  all Malawians to love each other while citing the love of God for His people as manifested  in the Bible.

According to a news report on The South Bend Tribune, Lindeire reportedly got angry after Mundi Sendeza, sister of the deceased  ended their love relationship.

The report says on the day of the incident,  the sisters were on their way to a shop when they encountered Lindeire who, according to the police, fired several shots at Noria’s vehicle, striking Noria and her sister in the passenger seat.

“One woman was killed and another was wounded Friday afternoon as police were called to reports of shots fired near Hickory Village apartments and came upon a rollover car accident in a parking lot at Edison and Hickory roads,” reads the report.

Speaking on behalf of the family,  Lawrence Kamzenga expressed  grief for the passing of his grand-daughter and praised government and all well-wishers for the help rendered thus far.

“As a family, we have suffered great loss with the shooting of our daughter, sister, niece, aunt, cousin and grand-daughter. We are deeply saddened by this tragedy brought unto us by our fellow Malawian.

“If the shooter was a foreigner we would have understood due to our different  cultural backgrounds but we fail to comprehend because we never expected a fellow Malawian to be this cold hearted.

“We, thus, want to thank the State President, Vice President, government officials and all well wishers for the support and warm gesture rendered to us throughout these trying times,” he said.

The death which has shocked Malawians from all walks of life saw several notable people attending the ceremony including former First Lady, Callista Mutharika, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Eisenhower Mkaka, Ministers, Members of Parliament, Traditional Authorities and Principal Secretaries.

At the time she died, Noria was enrolled as a student of nursing at Ivy Tech. She is survived by her husband, Justin Sanchez and a son.

Meanwhile, Lindeire has been charged with murder and attempted murder, and is currently in police custody pending court hearing in  USA.

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Nyusesi
5 days ago

Mphoto ya uhule ndiimeneyo. Wafa basi hule ameneyu. Azimayi chenjerani, not all men are stupid that you can double-cross them. Uhule or prostitution should have limits, or else get ready for a bullet.

lovemalawi
lovemalawi
5 days ago

If the American government does not extradite the killer back home WE ARE DEALING WITH HIS RELATIVES HERE AT HOME.Whatever the delay might be simeneo tibweza.

Muhariwa
Muhariwa
5 days ago

This boy must come back to Malawi as Mkaka has said. We dont know the punishment part of America is practicing for any murder and this is why we want the killer to be expedite back home so that we indeed welcome him. The boy is a hero in America Mixiiii.

Keen Observer
Keen Observer
5 days ago

The problem with us Malawians is that we always want to be copycats in everything. Just because black Americans shoot each other in gang related violence doesn’t give a Malawian guy a licence to have a gun. Who shoots a woman by just saying that ok let’s part our ways? Barbaric indeed. May her soul rest in peace.

Alex mgeni
Alex mgeni
5 days ago

kodi ndiye kuti Noria amachitako ka uhule.pangono eti?? Justin sanchez was the husband koma Uyu lindeire uyu anali lover chabe eti??? This is very sad.May her soul rest in peace.

The Sniper
The Sniper
5 days ago
Reply to  Alex mgeni

koma tinene kuti mwalembazi, mwaziwelenga pompano kapena mwazitenag kuti? koma DPP inabala zitsiru heavy, tikamati zipitani ku school koma inu ntchito kumwa Gondolosi basi, welenganiso nkhani katatu or tafunsani azany akuwelengeleni chizunguchi in chichewa aaaa!

The Sniper
The Sniper
5 days ago
Reply to  Alex mgeni

Welengani bwino lomwe wawa, muyambile pamene akunena kuti,, according to news report, according to the statement provided here, the late was not the girlfriend to the man rather the man murdered a wrong person because the man was a boyfriend to a sister of the late girl by the name Mundi after Mundi terminated the relationship with the murderer! kuthawa kusamba kuja umathawa kuja ndikumenekutu, uziona umbuli siuthatu, ukamakula iweyo umbuliso nawo liwiro pumbuyo kukuthamangilani bambo. Foolish!

Charles
Charles
5 days ago
Reply to  Alex mgeni

Alex Mgeni, do you understand English? The story is very clear! Noria was killed accidentally by the killer. The killer wanted to kill Noria’s sister who had ended their relationship but because the sisters were together in the vehicle the intended target was injured while the innocent sister got killed.

Moqtadar Al Sadir
5 days ago

The killer thought he own his girlfriend. We have different lives and we grow separately. We meet as adults and if there are differences the best is to part ways and not to kill. America has capital punishment.

China
China
5 days ago

Reporters get your facts right Noria was Jean Sendeza’s niece. Both the deceased and sister daughters of her late brother she raised them

Wawo
Wawo
5 days ago

Maliro nkulilana,good on all of you for mourning with the Sendezas, God bless you.Pepani mayi ndi banja lonse.

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