Justice for Jesse

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We always envisioned Jesse on a billboard, BUT NOT LIKE THIS. 
Jesse Hess was only 18 years old when she was brutally raped and murdered, alongside her grandfather, in 2019. She was a first year student studying theology at the University of Western Cape and was at the top of her class. She inspired so many people to be the best versions of themselves and always supported their dreams. She had a pure soul with leadership qualities that shone through her bright personality. Many described her as a loyal follower, a passionate young lady and the light at the end of the tunnel, but she is so much more than that! She was someones daughter, someones sister, someones niece, someones granddaughter, someones hope, she was someone. Jesse and her grandfather deserve justice and their family deserves peace. 

On 30 August 2019, the familiy's world was turned upside down when the bodies of two of their familiy members were discovered in their one bedroom flat in Parow, Western Cape. Her grandfather, Chris Lategan was found tied to their toilet and gagged, while jesse was found raped and tied to her bed in her room. When her body was discovered, her mouth was taped shut so that she could not scream and semen was found on her body. Both family members cause of death was due to strangulation. When two suspects were linked to the murders, relief was expected to rush through their family, however, that was not the case. One of the suspects believed to be involved is a family member. Both suspects had been linked to previous crimes including rape as well as possible homicide and both were denied bail. 

Despite all the evidence against these men, they are NOT being charged with rape. The police have not done much to help these innocent souls and enough is enough. Jesse was found naked with semen on her body and they still chose to turn a blind eye. On top of this, Jesse's rapist has been previously convicted and charged with the rape of another one of his relatives and was released in December 2018. He has also been charged with the rape of another girl a few days after Jesse was raped and murdered alongside her grandfather. Do not let this be the society we grow old in and raise our future kids in.