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Businessman Eaton died of gunshot wound to the head

By CYRUS OMBATI | June 5th 2014

Nairobi, Kenya: A Kenyan businessman of Australian origin Carey Eaton who runs a group of business ventures was Thursday shot dead in a robbery in Nairobi’s Loresho area.

Carey, 41 succumbed to head injuries in hospital after the shooting happened as a gang forced their way into a house he and his colleagues were in.

At the time of the attack, Carey, his brother Michael Eaton and neighbours were partying within his compound when they were invaded, police said.

The gang forced their way into the house and managed to escape with valuables of unknown amount.

He ran One Africa Media, which comprises Cheki, BrighterMonday, BuyRentKenya and StayNow in Kenya, as well as similar Internet businesses across Africa.

He was also on the boards of many companies and was well respected as a leader in the emerging online business sector where he also played a mentorship role to young technology entrepreneurs.

Cheki has grown into Kenya’s number one car portal. Carey leaves behind his wife Steph, and children Noah, ILola, Ted and Archie.

Police said he was shot in the head when a gang raided the home and stole household goods, cash and other valuables. Nairobi police boss Benson Kibue said the victim was shot in the head as he walked towards the door and the gang also approached.

“The attackers escaped soon after the shooting and no arrest has been made so far but we are following leads,” said Kibue.

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