Blessing Mangena (19) of Cowdray Park suburb in Bulawayo who was a first year Statistics student at the National University of Science and Technology (Nust) was crushed by a train in an alleged suicide.
It is alleged that she laid on a railway track near her home on Monday night after her boyfriend allegedly disowned her pregnancy and told her he was married.
Blessing’s parents, Mr and Mrs Mangena, arrived from their South African base yesterday evening and could not contain their grief at the death of their daughter.
Family spokesperson and Blessing’s uncle, Trust Munkombwe, who lived with her said his niece left a suicide note, revealing the reason why she decided to end her life.
“She said she was sorry for disappointing the family. She did not know how to break the news to us but she was four and a half months pregnant and had discovered that her boyfriend was married after pretending to be a bachelor during their relationship. She asked us to be strong for her mother,” said Mr Munkombwe.
The suicide note read:
“Mum is the best, please comfort her for me. I love her”.
Acting Bulawayo police spokesperson Inspector Abednico Ncube confirmed the incident yesterday afternoon.
“I can confirm that we attended the scene of a case of sudden death where a 19-year-old woman was found lying dead on a railway line. Investigations are underway and at this time we cannot disclose the cause of death,” said Insp Ncube.
Blessing is survived by her parents and young brother and funeral arrangements are yet to be announced.