Comradeship: Varsity students hold vigil for Ivy Wangeci

A vigil will be held starting today in remembrance of Ivy Wangeci by varsity students at 4pm.

Participating institutions include Moi University (Eldoret), Catholic University of East Africa, University of Nairobi, Technical University of Kenya and Daystar.

Wangechi, 25, was hacked to death on Tuesday by Naftali Kinuthia, 29, who pounced on her as she came from Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital (MTRH) after concluding her ward rounds, according to police and witness accounts.

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Human rights activist Florence Kanywa says the vigil will continue until Wangeci is buried.

Before she is laid to rest, varsity students will further hold a mass at the Nairobi National Archives area.

The body of the slain medical student was on Thursday handed over to her family who transferred it to Kenyatta University Funeral Home.

Wangeci's uncle, identified only as John, observed that since the incident took place, they have had a hard time coming to terms with the untimely death of their kin.

Professor Lukoye Atwoli, the School of Medicine Dean of Students, said they will remain in constant touch with the family as it settles for a burial date.

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“We are mourning the death of Ivy who was bright in class, she would have made a great doctor had her life not been robbed by the assailant,” he said.

He added: “She was brutally murdered and we also demand justice.”

Kinuthia visited Eldoret last week to meet her soon after he sent her money for her birthday celebration, police have said.

Investigations are still ongoing on how the suspect traced the movements of Wangeci, who was doing rounds at Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital’s Nyayo Ward before emerging from the entrance at about 10am with her friends.

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