After many agonizing months of waiting, the Korkie family were looking forward to the release and eventual return of their husband and father, Pierre.
Pierre and Yolande were abducted in Yemen over a year ago, and while Yolande was released in January, their abductors wanted approximately R35million ransom for Pierre's release, or face execution.
Despite many setbacks, a deal was arranged between aid organisation Gift of the Givers and local tribesmen in the region, for Korkie to be released over the past weekend.
But because another hostage was being threatened with execution, US special forces were dispatched to the area, and in the ensuing battle, both hostages were shot.
Kieno Kammies spoke to family friend Daan Nortier, who is speaking on behalf of the Korkie Family.