The remains of a South African National Defense Force member, whose boyfriend murdered her during their deployment to the Democratic Republic Congo, have been handed to her family during a brief ceremony at the Waterkloof Airforce base in Pretoria.

The remains of a 27-year-old Nomathemba Ngeleka from Ladysmith in KwaZulu-Natal were repatriated to South Africa on Friday.

It is alleged that her boyfriend who’s also a South African shot her following an argument on Friday last week. The suspect is being treated for trauma in a Ugandan hospital. The SANDF’s Major-General Eddie Drost says they’re investigating.

“I think when we ask what exactly happened it is very difficult at this point. You must understand this is a very unfortunate incident. We believe that we are a disciplined force and we handle things with discipline in the DOD. So the details of the incident are not available yet, the investigation will now be done and there after the normal will also follow.”