While Kenya still mourns the death of 10km world record holder Agnes Jebet Tirop, who was allegedly stabbed by her husband in the abdomen, another tragedy with clear signs of domestic violence has shaken the country.
In this case, a 27-year-old local marathon runner, Edith Muthoni was allegedly shot in the head on the night of October 12 after a violent argument with her boyfriend, Kennedy Nyamu, who has already been arrested to be questioned by police.
The terrible incident took place in Kirinyaga County, located about 100km northeast of the Kenyan capital, Nairobi.
Muthoni was taken to the hospital by a person who realised what happened once Nyamu had fled the scene of the alleged crime, but the doctors could do nothing to save her life.
The death of Muthoni follows that of Agnes Jebet Tirop, who was one of the best athletes in the history of Kenya.
“Kenya has lost a jewel who was one of the fastest-rising athletics giants on the international stage, thanks to her eye-catching performances on the track,” Athletics Kenya noted through a statement after Tirop’s passing away.
“Just last month, she broke the women-only record in the women’s 10km at Road to Records Race in Germany, timing 30:01.”
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