By Ryan Buxton, EnStarz | Oct 05, 2012 02:52 PM EDT
The home in South Africa where Oscar-winning actress Charlize Theron grew up has become the scene of a murder.
Police are investigating the death of Barry Newman, a man who lived in Benoni, South African, and sold cars from his home. Five thieves reportedly broke into the house where Theron used to live, forced Newman into the bathroom, bound him with rope and put a plastic bag over his head. He died by suffocation.
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Theron is no stranger to the violence that can happen in South Africa. In 1991, when she was 15, her alcohol father began firing a gun and forced his way into Theron's room. Her mother took action and shot and killed Theron's father to protect her daughter.
"It was a huge tragedy in my life," Theron has said about the incident. "I've been fortunate enough to be kind of brought to this place where I can actually have this experience with acting where I can make sense of my life and maybe that's therapy for other people or meditation ... for me, it's experiencing emotion, confusion, loss or any emotion through a character."
Theron said gun violence is a widespread problem in her home country, and she believes the issue of poor gun control is partially to blame for the incident that happened with her father.
"The terrible thing is that everybody in South Africa has a gun," she said. "You know, but that's just the lifestyle there. You shouldn't have those things around because when people get irrational and emotional and drunk, terrible things can happen."
The investigation surrounding the murder of Barry Newman is still ongoing. In addition to murdering Newman, the intruders also stole a laptop, iPod, two cameras and a gold chain from the home.
No arrests have yet been made in the case.
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