Slain Kenya Broadcasting Corporation (KBC) video editor Betty Barasa was on Wednesday, April 14 laid to rest in her home in Ololia Ngong, Kajiado County.
A private ceremony conducted at the Montezuma Monalisa funeral home chapel, and attended by close family, friends and colleagues revealed the family’s bitter-sweet memories of the fourth month of the year- April.
Bittersweet memories for journalist’s family
Eulogising her as a key pillar of their family, widower Geffrey Namasanja recalled how April will always be a happy and a sad month for the family.
“I met Betty in April of 2004 and we wedded in April 2014, ten years later. The killers took her life in April. The month of April means a lot to me, she is my wife and my pillar,” he said.
Namasanja also said that his elder brother was buried last year in April. The late Betty has left behind two boys and a girl.
Investigations into Betty Barasa’s murder
Although no arrests have been made yet eight days after the incident, sources privy to the investigations say detectives handling the case are pursuing a possible assassination.
The sleuths believe it was a well-planned assassination as the gunmen targeted only her, in a house that had six other people including a friend.
Eyewitnesses say three men waylaid her as she arrived home at 8:20 pm on Wednesday, April 7. They forced their way into the compound as her gate was being opened.
Her family says two of the thugs were armed with AK47 rifles. As Betty walked from her car- a Toyota Prado-, the men ordered her into the house, newly-built, and demanded for valuables.
In the meantime, Betty’s husband and their three children noticed the presence of strangers. The house girl screamed and scampered into a different room. Reports indicate the gang frog-marched the journalist into her upstairs bedroom and demanded money. The other family members were left in the living room, shaken.
As they ransacked the house, with Betty pleading for her life, one of the thugs shot her at point blank range, killing her instantly.
Neighbours responded to the sound of gun shots and rushed to the family’s rescue. The thugs snatched the journalist’s laptop and mobile phone and fled. Police arrived later at the scene and collected a spent cartridge.
An autopsy conducted on Betty’s body has revealed that she died as a result of a single gunshot to the face which then lodged inside her head.
The recovered bullet head will be subjected into forensic analysis, to help the detectives track down the suspects.
“What we promise is that we are working so hard, we are doing so well, and we will be able to at least have a breakthrough,” Kajiado North Sub-County Police Commander Patrick Manyasi said on Friday, April 9.