The Wangechi we knew, KIMC students remember teen killed in Kiambu

Purity Wangechi, a student of KIMC, died aged 19. [Courtesy of family]

On May 14, the body of Wangechi was found dumped in a thicket at Buriria Village on the outskirts of Kiambu Town.

The Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) says her 24-year-old boyfriend is the prime suspect in her murder. He has since been arrested.

A postmortem conducted at the City Mortuary in Nairobi indicated that the teenager succumbed to stab wounds. She had been stabbed twice in the neck.

Gloria (pictured) was a friend of the late Purity Wangechi. [Esther Jeruto, Standard]

Police say preliminary investigations suggest that the suspect killed her when she confronted him about the nature of his job.

The KIMC students on Thursday held prayers, planted a tree and kept a night vigil in honour of Wangechi.

Family and senior representatives of KIMC plant a tree in memory of Purity Wangechi. [Esther Jeruto, Standard]

Munene asked police to ensure that Wangechi’s killer(s) are prosecuted.

Others, who spoke to The Standard about Wangechi’s lifetime at the college, eulogised her as a happy person, who brought so much joy to the group that she was part of.

Her friends who eulogised her include Cynthia Komen, Lenah Kendi, Jerry Ominde and Anthony Muriithi.

Wangechi’s family, represented by her uncle and cousins, also attended the memorial.

KIMC students mourning their college-mate Purity Wangechi who died on May 14, 2022. [Esther Jeruto, Standard]

At least four people, including Wangechi’s boyfriend John Wanyoike, have been arrested in connection with her killing.

Kiambu Deputy Directorate of Criminal Investigations Officer Hadick Jumba on May 14 told The Standard that when Wangechi’s body was found, she had a national identity card and a school identification card on her.

A sombre mood engulfed the KIMC student fraternity following the death of their college-mate. [Esther Jeruto, Standard]

“She was dressed in a pair of blue jeans trousers and a red top,” said Jumba.

Passersby spotted her body on Saturday morning, May 14, and alerted police.

“We have established that she was murdered in Kirigiti and her body dumped in Buriria,” said Hadick Jumba, the Kiambu deputy DCIO.

Police say the main suspect in her murder, John Wanyoike, lives in Kirigiti.


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