Kitui family mourns brilliant son killed in road accident in Califonia
A family in Mwingi, Kitui county is mourning the death of their kin, who was killed in a road accident in San Francisco, California in the US on Thursday last week. The death of Sheria Musyoka, 26, who hails from Maai village in Nguni has left the family of Musyoka Wamaiyu emotionally wounded.
Sheria, who immigrated to the US on a scholarship to pursue higher education at Dartmouth University, had just won a green card to permanently reside in the US. He was looking forward to settling down with his wife identified as Hanna Ege and their three-year old son.
Sheria’s father, Musyoka Wamaiyu is a local politician in Ukambani region. He is also a reknown vocalist who composes traditional Kamba songs that are laced with heavy political undertones. At one time, he served as the chairman of the defunct Mwingi County Council while he was a nominated councilor. In the past, Wamaiyu has rubbed shoulders with political big shots, among them, President Uhuru Kenyatta, ODM leader Raila Odinga and former Vice President Kalonzo Musyoka.
According to Sheria’s wife Hannah, who has spoken extensively to the media in San Francisco, her husband was out jogging in the early hours of the morning when he was ran over by a speeding vehicle, which had been involved in a multiple car crash along Lake Merced Boulevard. It was just before 8am.
The 26-year-old described by friends as warm, hardworking and a go getter was pronounced dead at the accident scene where he was found lying in a pool of blood. His wife described Sheria as a fun filled personality with empathetic nature.
“Sheria was the most authentic person. He had a lot of plans for life and he wanted to do really big things. He worked harder for those things than anyone else I’ve ever known, overcoming obstacles that most people don’t have to face. He couldn’t wait to teach his son to speak Kiswahili and to play soccer, his favourite sport. He didn’t deserve to die, especially like that,” the widow told ABC7 News.
Investigators identified the killer driver as Jerry Lyons, 31, who was out of detention on post-release community supervision and was speeding in a stolen vehicle when the crash happened. Sheria was killed alongside Hana Abe, who is said to be of Asian origin. The collision left five other people hospitalised.
He worked on a talent acquisition team at Akili Interactive & Verana Health. His former boss at the company, Chris Miller, described him as a shining light of a human being, with an infectious smile.
“He was a special and unique individual who brought such a positive influence to the world. He was amazing, witty, kind and a charismatic young person. We will miss him dearly,” said his former boss.
Sheria is said to have been a top performer in school, beating the odds of his dry and hunger ravaged village where malnutrition runs deep to secure a place at Alliance High School after which he left for the US.
“So hurting. Sheria, a Kenyan from Mwingi, my children’s (former) classmate. I remember him being number one in class always,” a villager, who knew the young man posted on social media.
Interestingly, his wife said Sheria always wanted his death, whenever it happened, to impact change to the society.
“I just want my death to be impactful and I want it to be a movement. I don’t want to just be a hashtag, I want my name to be the change,” the grieving Hannah remembered her husband telling her. Some in Mwingi town have suggested that a street be named after him and a monument erected in his honour.