Athletics Kenya released a statement Wednesday morning that reported that she was discovered in her home in Iten, a town in the west of the country where many athletes train.
Tom Makori, police chief of the region, said: “When [officers] entered the house, they found Tirop on the bed and there was a pool of blood on the floor. They saw that she had been stabbed in the neck, which made us believe it was a knife wound, and we believe that is what caused her death.
“Her husband is still at large, and preliminary inquiries tell us that her husband is suspect because he cannot be found. The police try to find her husband so that he can explain what happened to Tirop.
Makori added that CCTV on the property could help the investigation.
Tirop won bronze in the 10,000m at the 2017 and 2019 World Athletics Championships and won gold at the 2015 World Cross Country Championships. Last month Tirop broke the reserved 10km world record women in Germany, crossing the finish line in 30:01 to shave 28 seconds off the previous record held by Moroccan Asmae Leghzaoui in 2002.
Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta said: “It is disturbing, utterly unhappy and very sad that we have lost a promising young athlete who at the age of 25 brought so much glory to our country.
“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. I urge our law enforcement agencies to track down and apprehend the criminals responsible for Agnes’ murder so that they can face the force of the law.
In its statement, Athletics Kenya said it was “shocked” by the news. “Kenya lost a gem that was one of the fastest rising athletics giants on the international stage, thanks to their eye-catching performances on the track.
“Last month, she broke the women’s only record in the women’s 10km race at the Road to Records race in Germany, clocking 30:01… Tirop’s decorated resume also includes a cross-country world title in 2015 in which she made history as the second youngest medalist at this level.
“We pray that God will give strength to family and friends during this difficult time. ”