JEWEL

[PHOTOS] Kenyans mourn 'jewel' Tirop after murder in Iten

“We pray that God may grant strength to family and friends at this difficult time .”

In Summary

•In a statement on Wednesday, Athletics Kenya said Kenya has lost a jewel.

•“A jewel who was one of the fasted rising athletics giants on the international stage thanks to her eye catching performances on the tracks,” AK said.

Residents mull around Tirop's home in Iten.
Residents mull around Tirop's home in Iten.
Image: MATHEWS NDANYI

Kenyans have euologised World 10,000m bronze medalist Agnes Tirop after she was found dead in Iten.

Tirop was found dead in her house  with stab wounds in the neck and abdomen.

Elgeyo Marakwet Senator Kipchumba Murkomen said Kenya is saddened by the passing of Tirop.

“The international long distance runner was cruelly murdered at her home in Iten. I hope the police will quickly apprehend the perpetrators,” he said via Twitter.

Police have sealed off the home where DCI officers are locked in probing the death.
Police have sealed off the home where DCI officers are locked in probing the death.
Image: MATHEWS NDANYI

“My condolences to the family, colleagues & friends of Ms Tirop. May she RIP.”

In a statement on Wednesday, Athletics Kenya said Kenya has lost a jewel.

Athletes Janet Jepkosgey and Milka Chemos cry after viewing the body.
Athletes Janet Jepkosgey and Milka Chemos cry after viewing the body.
Image: MATHEWS NDANYI

“A jewel who was one of the fastest rising athletics giants on the international stage thanks to her eye catching performances on the tracks,” AK said.

She was a world cross country winner in 2015 during which she made history as the second youngest medalist at that level.

Crowds outside the home where she was killed . Body yet to be removed from scene.
Crowds outside the home where she was killed . Body yet to be removed from scene.
Image: MATHEWS NDANYI

She also won the Africa Cross Country championship in 2014 in Kampala as well as the world junior cross country championship in 2013 in Poland.

“We pray that God may grant strength to family and friends at this difficult time .”

Police car ferrying her body.
Police car ferrying her body.
Image: MATHEWS NDANYI

@alexisaboke said:"Heartbreaking to lose such an amazing talent in Athletics under weird circumstances. Kenya has lost big! Rest well 2015 World Cross Country Champion Agnes Tirop."

"So sad she’s no more, after breaking the 10km world record last month. I first encountered her when she won the 6km junior women’s race at the 2014 Africa Cross-country Championships in Kololo. RIP Agnes Tirop," @AllanDarren said.

Others are;

Tirop has been living at an athletics camp after differing with her husband but returned two days ago at the home following reconciliation by relatives and friends.

Only last month, Tirop set the athletics world alight when she set a new women-only world record in 10km when she clocked 30:01 to cut the tape at the Adizero Road to Records event in Herzogenaurach, Germany. 

Last week, she timed 30:20 in the women's 10km race at the Valencia Half Marathon when she finished second to Bahraini Kalkidan Gezahegne who timed 29:38 to set a new record.