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Ivy was not a ‘slay queen’, family cries out

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The pain was all over their faces – a sorely devastated father and gravely shattered uncles – their teary eyes had it all.

Together, they had come out to defend the honour of their daughter, slain Moi University medical student, Ivy Wangechi from the “second” death.

Despite being killed in the most brutal of ways – with an axe and in broad daylight – alleged friends of the killer had rolled it over on her with all manner of accusations.

In a meeting with the Saturday Standard, the family said they will not take anymore of the rumours going on, with the father, Paul Githui Wainaina, unequivocally saying she was not a slay queen.

Honest person

“Please help me clean my daughter’s name. She was a decent, hardworking girl. The stories being circulated about her infecting her killer with HIV/Aids are untrue. This has been discounted by tests already done,” Wainaina said.Wangechi, a first born in a family of three was the daughter of Wainaina and Winifred Kingori, who teaches at Chomo in Gatanga Murang’a.

The father is the principal of Kanjuiri Secondary School in Nyandarua County. Wainaina added, “Ivy was brought up in a strict Christian background and is a very honest person. Her character cannot be questioned. She is a victim of a brutal murder and should not be vilified.”His pain was evident as he recounted how he viewed the murder weapons recovered by the police as well as some of the personal effects, including the car suspected to have been used by the killer.

The family also described the agony they have been living through since they received the unforgettable call from a chaplain from Moi University.

They said it was like losing a person twice, since they were battling with news of the loss when malicious reports started circulating, as if to justify the killer’s anger which was attributed to a disease he had allegedly contracted.

Wangechi’s uncle, John King’ori refuted reports that the suspected killer bought her a vehicle, saying she did not even know how to drive.“She had a passion for medicine and was inspired by her uncles who are doctors.

In fact she was planning to specialise in neurosurgery as she was following the footsteps of her uncle, Colonel Dr Charles Mwangi,” Mr Kingori added.According to the family, it was not new for Wangechi to plan her birthday party as she always celebrated the day she was born on April 10.

This was a family tradition, the relatives explained.

“We were planning a family gathering on April 20. This is when we as family would have held a party to belatedly celebrate her birthday,” Kingori said.

When Wangechi was not reading or practising medicine, she loved motivating her cousins and other children and was such a role model that one of her cousins is pursuing medicine at University of Nairobi.

Asked whether she had ever talked of settling down or starting a family, Wainaina said his daughter had never mentioned or introduced any suitor to the family.Wangechi, was focused on finishing her medicine course which she would have cleared last year had it not been for the doctors strike.

“She has always wanted to help people and hated to see anybody suffer. That is one of the reasons she opted for medicine. All her cousins loved her and she acted as their role model,” the father added.

“While at Alliance, Ivy loved teaching Sunday school and was a darling for Sunday school children at Musa Gitau Presbyterian church where she was at one time in charge of the unit,” Wainaina said.

She disclosed her ambition of pursuing neurosurgery last year when the family met in Mahiga Nyeri for the Christmas festivities.“I remember how excited she talked about her plans. We simply called her daktari. On the eve of Christmas we had a huge bonfire. Every now and then Ivy would sneak to her room where she buried herself in books. We had to call her on several occasions not to miss out on the fun,” Kingori said.

Ivy Wangechi’s father Stephen Kimani during an interview. (Jenipher Wachie, Standard)

Wangechi’s life was cut short on Tuesday when she was hacked to death by her childhood friend as she walked outside Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital (MTRH) Eldoret. Ironically, the man accused of attacking her, Naftali Kinuthia would end up in the wards she had just visited after he was attacked by the public who witnessed the killing.

died on the spot after sustaining deep cuts from an axe and a knife on the neck and head.

In yet another strange twist, Wangechi died just hours before she celebrated her birthday.

Yesterday, Wangechi’s father said he had very faint memory of the boy who was once their neighbour in Chomo village in Gatanga Murang’a.

“I could not recognise the name. When I was shown his picture pasted in his driver’s licence, I faintly recognised him. I could however not have identified him in the streets. It was long ago and the family moved to Thika,” he explained.

He said although he was familiar with Kinuthia’s family, nobody had contacted them even to pass condolences.

The family which had met at Blue Springs along Thika Road after transferring Wangechi’s body from Eldoret to Kenyatta University Mortuary, said they were hurt by information attributed to the suspect’s family.

They plan to bury Wangechi on Thursday at Kirai Village in Mahiga Othaya once they get confirmation from the PCEA church in Thika, Makongeni.Meanwhile, MTRH Chief Executive Officer Wilson Aruasa said Kinuthia was discharged yesterday evening.

source:standardmedia.

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Man who shot and killed Kenyan student in US jailed for life

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An American couple that shot and killed a Kenyan-born man in Eugene, Oregon was sentenced on Thursday.

Regis Deray Kindred, 30, and his wife, Kailee Von Foster, 29, were sentenced in the killing of 21-year-old Alex Oyombe Gradin on May 4, 2019 in the parking lot adjacent in Oregon, near Lake Community College where he was a student.

Kindred, who on February 12 pleaded guilty to second-degree murder, was on Thursday, sentenced to life in prison. He will only be eligible for parole after 25 years.

Foster also pleaded guilty on the same day to second-degree manslaughter after admitting to being the getaway driver.

Motive of the shooting was intentional

She was sentenced to three years and three months in prison.

Police say the motive of the shooting was intentional and gang-related but emphasised that Gradin had no affiliation with or connection to any gang activity.

They said Kindred is a member of the Rollin 60s gang, and that he thought Alex was a member of a rival Hoover Gang when he saw him on the parking lot near the club.

The couple were driving around looking for a Hoover gang member to attack, investigators said.

Alex, who was born in Kenya and adopted into the Gradin family as a baby, had just left Taylor’s Bar and Grill when he was shot.

At the sentencing, both Kindred and Foster apologised to Alex’s family, saying he did not intend to kill their son.

“I didn’t mean to kill your son, I apologise for that,” Kindred said. “I apologise from the bottom of my heart … I am so terribly sorry,” Foster told Alex’s family.

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Thieves steal 40-inch plasma TV from police station

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Police at Jinja Central Police Station, Uganda, are investigating circumstances under which a television set which was gifted to them a few weeks ago was stolen.

The 40-inch plasma screen that was given to the law-enforcement agency by Startimes in December 2019 was on Monday, January 13, mysteriously plucked off the wall adjacent to the reception.

Thieves steal 40-inch plasma TV from police stationThieves stole a 40-inch plasma TV from Jinja Police Station on Monday, January 13. Photo: Daily Monitor.
Source: UGC

According to a report by the Daily Monitor, while police thought they had firmly kept the incident under wraps, a detective who declined to be named on Tuesday morning said the television was stolen.

“The TV was given to us last month by Startimes and it was fitted directly opposite the reception; unfortunately, it has been stolen and we don’t know who took it,” the officer said.

Thieves steal 40-inch plasma TV from police stationA file photo of a 40-inch TV.
Source: UGC

Kiira Region police Spokesperson, Diana Nandaula, confirmed the incident.

“It is true our television has been stolen and we have tasked the officers who were on duty to explain how that happened,” she said.

In a related case, a suspect who had been booked at Kaptaga Police Station, Elgeyo Marakwet stole an Occurrence Book at the station after an officer who was on duty rushed to his house.

According to a police report , Julius Kiprono escaped under unclear circumstances even though he was chained and handcuffed in police cells.

“The suspect went away with a pair of handcuffs, a chain, a padlock and an Occurrence Book,” the report read in part.

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VIDEO: Did you miss Peter Ng’ethe’s Funeral Service in Atlanta? Here it is

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A funeral Service for the late Peter Ng’ethe was held at Christ Harvesters Global Outreach Church on Saturday. The late Ng’ethe  was set to be buried on Saturday Feb 22, 2020 at Kennesaw Memorial Park in Marietta, Georgia Address1306 Whitlock Ave NW, Marietta, GA 30064 at 1.30PM.

On Friday Feb 21 2020, a wake in his honor at West Cobb Funeral Home between 5pm and 7pm. Address: 2480 Mcland Rd, Marietta, GA, 30064

Mr Ng’ethe passed away on Feb 1st, 2020.

He was a dear Husband to Serah Ng’ethe (Mama Njoki)
Father to Njoki Mwangi, John Njoroge and Makena Njoki.

May He Rest in Peace. Watch:

 

 

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