Final farewell for Shannon
15 November 2020 | Local News
Poppie Wasserfall; mother; “...the pain will never stop but I find comfort in God and can see your smile in your little boy...”
Mourners gathered in numbers to say their final goodbye to Shannon Wasserfall (21) in Walvis Bay on Saturday.
Wasserfall went missing in April 2020 and her remains were discovered in a shallow grave on 6 October 2020 near the new Narraville turnoff.
Two suspects have been arrested and appeared before court thus far; Azaan Madisia (28) and her brother Steven Mulundu (22) for murder and obstructing the course of justice.
A memorial service was held for Wasserfall on Friday night at the Narraville Rugby Stadium.
Heartfelt tributes were paid by her close friends, cousins and a few dignitaries.
Shannon’s mother, Poppie Wasserfall, said that no words can describe how she feels.
“You were the light of my life, my rock. Life is cold and I am definitely not the same without you. I wish we had more time to spend with you. My heart hurts every day, the pain will never stop but I find comfort in God and can see your smile in your little boy – Junior.”
Her father, Tega Mathews, said that Shannon was his sunshine.
“I could not have been more proud of Shannon. We all knew her in our own way. We are humbled by the support we received from all over the country. I thought she would have a normal happy life.”
In 2015 she wrote a note to her father: “Dear Daddy, no matter where I go in life, if I get married, how much time I spend with guys, how much I love my boyfriends, you will always be my number one man. Sincerely, your little girl.”
The deputy minister of information, communication and technology Emma Theofelus said that a life was cut short.
“The life of a young Namibian woman who follows a long list of women and young women before her, was cut short due to violence. Shannon carried the dreams and hopes of all Namibians. That is why many stood up for her. She is not the only one the country has mourned and stood up for. Every day I pray that she would be the last, but sadly violence continues to cripple the women of our country. What is sadder is that it is multi-dimensional and affects all of us.”
Theofelus said that it is up to the young people of this generation to take a collective decision on whether they will carry the legacy of violence and pass it to their children or decide if this is where it ends.
“As we craft our generational agenda and mission, we need to decide if violence should be part of that agenda. We need to be aware of issues of violence in our communities. May your hearts be appeased for the justice that will prevail, for her death is not in vain.”
Shannon’s funeral took place on Saturday from the Roman Catholic Church in Kuisebmond.
In a touching tribute to his goddaughter, the governor of the Erongo region Neville Andre stated that he will not have the opportunity to see her live her life.
“I had been prepared to be actively involved in her life, seeing her graduate university, giving her away at her wedding, but that will not be. I now have to stand over her coffin and bid her farewell. No parent ever thinks of burying their child.”
Andre said that the pain of burying a child who grew up in front of him, is immense.
“I am sad that Darlikie was snatched away from us; I am sad that I will never be able to slaughter an ox at her wedding. Darlikie was pure sunshine in our lives.”
The governor said that Shannon’s death will hang over Walvis Bay and its residence like a dark cloud for years to come.
Shannon’s mother Poppie broke down at the grave, crying for her daughter, saying that she never said goodbye.
Raymond Wasserfall, on behalf of the family, stated that they forgive the perpetrators who took Shannon away, but that the law needs to take its course.