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Dad to Atlanta-based Kenyan dies of heart attack while attending graduation

Dad to Atlanta-based Kenyan dies of heart attack while attending graduation

Dad to Atlanta-based Kenyan dies of heart attack while attending graduation
May 26
17:45 2017

BY BMJ MURIITHI

What was expected to be a joyous occasion for a Kenyan family in Atlanta, Georgia, quickly turned into a moment of grief on Thursday when a dad who was visiting from Kenya died suddenly.

Kennedy Okomo, a Kenyan who lives in of Atlanta, had invited his parents to his graduation at Kennesaw State University.

All was going well until Kennedy’s father, Eli Okomo, developed health complications and was rushed to hospital barely two weeks after his arrival in the US.

“He recovered and was okay until Thursday, 25th of May 2017, when he got a heart attack at home and was pronounced dead on arrival at  kennestone Hospital in Kennesaw, Georgia,” says the younger Okomo.

 

He later posted the following message on social media:

“Friends and Family, it is a hard time for us.I lost my Dad yesterday. He came for my Graduation but succumbed to a Cardiac arrest yesterday at 4pm EST.We don’t have much to say but REST IN PEACE Baba. Nind gi kwe Jakongonda.”

Kennedy Okomo poses for a photo after his graduation which was attended by his parents. PHOTO|COURTESY.

A friend to the Okomos told this reporter that the family is devastated.

“It is a very sad and shocking moment for this family,” said Evans Obino, a friend to Kennedy who also lives in Atlanta.

“It’s hard to imagine how it feels to bring your dad all the way from Jamhuri only to end up in a US mortuary so unexpectedly,” added Mr Obino.

Ben Aketch, another friend to the family, wrote: “Still struggling to come to terms with the news of the sudden demise of Kennedy Okomo‘s father, while visiting the US.”

As the family ponders the next course of action and as preparations for funeral are made, Kennedy has established a gofundme account at:

Gofundme appeal for help  https://www.gofundme.com/my-dads-sudden-death

and CashApp is +19123202839.

 

Kindly reach out to them. See some photos below:

Kennedy Okomo and his family on graduation day. PHOTO|COURTESY.

 

 

More details to follow as they become available.

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2 Comments

  1. Patrick
    Patrick May 27, 12:30

    Very sad indeed for the family of my friend Kennedy. May the Lord comfort them

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  2. Nobert Odhiambo
    Nobert Odhiambo May 31, 00:02

    This is so so sad.May God give you peace brother

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