Franck “Ngyke” Kangundu, 52, who headed the political section of the independent Kinshasa-based daily La Référence Plus, and his wife, Hélène Mpaka, 41, were shot outside their home on 3 November 2005
The double murders took place at around 1 a.m. when Kangundu and his wife pulled up in their car outside their home in an eastern district of Kinshasa and Kangundu got out to open the gate. He was immediately approached by four hooded gunmen who, according to witnesses, had been waiting for them in the street.
Kangundu tried to negotiate with them, offering to go with them in his car to get money. But the gunmen replied that they had been sent to kill him. They then gunned the two of them down in front of several neighbours.
La Référence Plus is one of the leading Kinshasa newspapers and has a reputation for serious reporting.