Agnes Tirop: Kenyan athletics star’s husband a ‘suspect’ after runner found stabbed to death at home

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Agnes Tirop: Kenyan athletics star’s husband a ‘suspect’ after runner found stabbed to death at home


Police are looking for Agnes Tirop’s husband after the Kenyan athlete was found dead at his home with stab wounds.

Police treat her husband as a suspect, Elgeyo Marakwet County Police Chief Tom Makori claiming he is missing and wanted for questioning.

Tirop’s husband’s family reported that he phoned them crying and asking for God’s forgiveness for something he had done.

“There are revelations that have come from her husband’s family,” Makori said.

“We received a message from Tirop’s husband’s family saying the husband phoned the parents crying and asking God to forgive him for doing something wrong,” he told NTV Kenya Television. .

“When the police went to Tirop’s house, they found her in bed with blood under the bed and most of it on the floor.

“When the police examined the body, it appeared that she had been stabbed in the neck with what we suspect to be a knife. “

Tirop, 25, was found dead in her home in Iten, western Kenya, a city renowned as a training base for long-distance runners.

Her car, which was parked outside the house, saw her windshield and windows smashed, which could indicate a marital dispute before she was killed, police said.

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Tirop after his bronze medal in the 10,000m in Doha in 2019

Kenya National Police said Tirop was the victim of a “heinous crime” and promised “swift and thorough investigations”.

The Kenyan Athletics Federation had said earlier that Tirop, one of her country’s rising stars, was stabbed by her husband, but she was still struggling to find out the details of the incident.

“Kenya has lost a gem,” Athletics Kenya said.

Last month Tirop broke the world record for the women’s 10 km road race in Germany.

Tirop also won bronze in the women’s 10,000m at the 2017 and 2019 World Championships, and finished fourth in the 5,000m this year. Tokyo Games.

Her career took off when she won the world cross country title in 2015 at the age of 19 to become the second youngest female champion of all time.

Athletics Kenya said she also won the African Cross Country Championship in 2014 in Kampala, Uganda, as well as a junior cross country title in Poland in 2013.

Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta urged the police “to track down and apprehend the criminals responsible”.

“It is disturbing, quite unhappy and very sad that we have lost a promising young athlete,” Kenyatta said in a statement.

“It is even more painful that Agnes, a Kenyan heroine in all respects, painfully lost her young life due to a criminal act perpetrated by selfish and cowardly people. “

International athletics governing body World Athletics said it was “deeply shocked and saddened” by Tirop’s death.

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