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

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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.

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“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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VIDEO: Mystery as Kenyan woman found dead in a car on the highway with rope around her neck

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After reports Sunday morning of a car stopped on the left side of southbound Loop 101 in Phoenix, Arizona, a Kenyan woman was found unresponsive in the car with a rope around her neck and later pronounced dead, the Department of Public Safety said.

The woman was identified as 29-year-old Stella W. Kiarie. She was an employee of the Arizona Department of Health Services where she worked with refugees.

Officials said Monday that after seeing there was a car seat in the woman’s car, detectives went to her house because they were concerned about the whereabouts of the child. Detectives found a 1-year-old baby boy alone at the house.

The Arizona Department of Child Safety responded and took over care for the child.

DHS also released a statement Monday confirming Kiarie’s death:

All of Stella’s colleagues at Arizona Department of Health Services were saddened by this news and this devastating loss. Stella was a kind, compassionate and important member of this team. Our deepest condolences are with her family and friends at this difficult time.

DPS says the HOV and two other lanes were closed four hours as the scene was under investigation.

No other details were released about the woman’s death. It is uncertain if it is being investigated as a suicide or homicide.

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The incident remains under investigation.

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Upon arrival, troopers found a white vehicle crashed against the concrete median wall. The car had some damage to its passenger side.

Troopers determined that it had been traveling southbound on the highway when it crashed.

They then entered the car through an unlocked door and found an unconscious female in the driver’s seat, later determined to be Kiarie.

She was pronounced dead at the scene.

Kiarie was found with injuries that “were not consistent” with the minor crash with the median wall.

The Associated Press reported Sunday that troopers at the scene reported finding the woman “with a rope around her neck.”

A child safety seat was found in the vehicle, so detectives went to Kiarie’s home and found a 1-year-old boy by himself. He was taken into custody by the Arizona Department of Child Safety.

 

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PHOTOS/VIDEO: Atlanta based Kenyan woman in dire need of help

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BY CIRU GIKANGA

I am reaching out to all of you because I urgently need your help. In the many years we’ve not seen each other the Rheumatoid Arthritis has taken over and deformed most of my joints. I have put up this video to explain what help I need and why. Please watch to the end.

Here’s the brief part that sounds off in the beginning: “My name is Christine Ciru Gikanga and l have have been suffering from Rheumatoid Arthritis for 29 yrs going to clock 30 yrs in September 2018, having been diagnosed back in 1988 while in my 2nd yr in high school. Here is the GOFUNDME LINK

Watch the video below:

Attached are the pictures showing the progression of the disease: 1st picture was taken in 1999:

 

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US warns Kenyans over fake marriages, says they won’t be allowed to fly out

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The US embassy in Nairobi on Monday issued a warning to Kenyans getting duped into fake marriages to acquire a visa.

Through their official social media pages, the embassy advised caution in the event somebody offers to get you a green card using dubious means.

“Has anyone ever told you they can get a green card for you? Don’t believe them! They are lying and just trying to steal your money. Don’t believe them when they say you can have a fake marriage and still get your green card.

“If you apply with a fake marriage, you will get caught and you will not get your green card. You will become permanently ineligible to ever go to the United States, and you will never be able to get a U.S. visa or a green card,” the embassy warned.

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Kenyans were further urged to apply for a visa or the green card lottery by themselves.

The statement conveyed: “You don’t need to use a fixer to apply for the diversity visa or green card lottery. You can do it yourself and pay the required fee.”

The embassy stated that one should only apply through the Embassy’s official website.

“If you know about anyone promising they can get a green card for you if you enter into a fake marriage, go to the police and report them. You should also report them to the U.S. Embassy,” the statement concluded.

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Earlier last week, US Ambassador to Kenya Robert Godec announced that the United States government was gearing up to fight fake news in Kenya adding that it had eroded confidence in Kenya’s real news media.

Speaking during an interview, Godec stated: “Fake news is being weaponized. It’s undermining democracy in Kenya.”

President Uhuru Kenyatta with US Secretary of Transport Anthony Foxx (C) and Ambassador Robert Godec when he led a US business delegation to State House, Nairobi on June 25, 2015. PHOTO | PSCU

He further remarked: “We’re not asking them to believe any particular thing. We’re just urging people not to take everything they see on their phone via WhatsApp as the truth because it may not be.”

Source -Kenyans.co.ke

 

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