By Advocate.com Editors
Originally published on Advocate.com January 28 2003 12:00 AM ET
Hundreds of mourners gathered Saturday to remember eight men slain in an attack on a gay massage parlor in Cape Town, South Africa, last week. The men, who were killed early Monday, had been shot at close range, and their throats had been slit.
Police said the killings, which took place at the Sizzlers massage parlor, might have been motivated by a drug feud and that they are searching for four white men seen leaving the scene. The suspects belong to a gang from the Johannesburg area, according to local media reports.
"I know no words can heal the pain at the moment...but we must make sure that through their death something good can happen in this community," Cape Town mayor Nomaindia Mfeketo said, adding that the best way to remember the men would be to fight drugs and crime in the Sea Point neighborhood where they were killed.
A ninth victim died in a hospital Saturday, and a 10th man remains hospitalized.