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Family of Abraham Rotich, man suspected of killing celebrated Olympian Agnes Tirop seeks forgiveness

In Summary

  • Abraham Rotich intended to flee to a neighbouring country, detectives say.
  • His family is now seeking forgiveness opn behalf of their son.

The family of Abraham Rotich, the main suspect in the murder of celebrated Kenyan Olympian Agnes Tirop is now seeking forgiveness on behalf of their son.

This comes even as athletes called on their colleagues to speak out whenever there is domestic violence in their families.

Tirop’s lifeless body was found lying on her bed last Wednesday morning in Iten, Elgeyo-Marakwet County. It had visible stab wounds on the abdomen.

Rotich, who was in a relationship with the two-time World Athletics championships Bronze medallist was arrested on Thursday in Changamwe, Mombasa County.

The erstwhile love birds in better days. RIGHT: The battered Toyota vehicle that Rotich was driving at the time of his arrest. He rammed into a lorry while trying to flee from DCI detectives. PHOTO/DCI

Detectives believe he was attempting to flee to a neighbouring country “to evade justice.”

DCI reports that a day before his arrest, Rotich had rammed his getaway vehicle into a lorry at Mlolongo, along Mombasa Road, as he desperately attempted to flee. The suspect is currently being grilled by detectives at Changamwe Police Station.

Tirop, 25, represented Kenya in the 5,000 metres track even at the recently-held Tokyo Olympics.

Last month, she smashed the women 10km world record at an event in Germany, crossing the finishing line in 30:01. The previous record of 30:29 was held by Moroccan Asmae Leghzaoui since 2002.

Early this month, Tirop finished second in the Giants Geneva 10K race. She also won Bronze at the 2017 and 2019 World Championships in the 10,000m, and won the 2015 World Cross Country Championships.

Meanwhile, the athletics world continues to mourn her untimely passing. Said Sebastian Coe, World Athletics president: “Athletics has lost one of its brightest young stars in the most tragic circumstances.” 

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Tirop (right), in action at the recently held Omlympics in Tokyo, Japan. PHOTO/COURTESY

Writing on Twitter, International Olympic Committe president Thomas Bach: “I’m deeply shocked by the tragic death of Agnes Tirop, a young and bright talent. Her performances at Tokyo 2020 gave hope and inspiration to so many people.”

Rotich will be arraigned in court to answer murder charges.


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