Suspect revealed in murder of ‘bright young star’

Police in Kenya named the husband of long-distance runner Agnes Tirop as a “suspect” in her dying after the 25-year-old was stabbed to dying.

Keiyo North Sub County Police Commander Tom Makori informed AFP that Tirop’s husband Emmanuel Rotich was the topic of a police hunt.

“The suspect had made a name to Tirop’s dad and mom saying that he’d dedicated one thing fallacious. So we consider he is aware of what occurred,” mentioned Makori.

Makori offered additional particulars of Tirop’s dying in an interview with CNN affiliate, Nation TV.

“When police went to Tirop’s home, they discovered her in mattress with blood underneath the mattress and loads of it on the ground,” Makori mentioned.

“When police seemed on the physique, it seemed like she had been stabbed on the neck with what we suspect to be a knife.”

In a tweet on Wednesday, Kenya’s Nationwide Police Service (NPS) mentioned Tirop was the sufferer of a “heinous crime” and promised “speedy and complete investigations.”

Tirop gained bronze medals within the 10,000m on the 2017 and 2019 World Championships and completed 4th within the 5,000m on the Tokyo Video games.

Final month, the 25-year-old made historical past by taking 28 seconds off the long-standing, women-only world document for 10km on the Adizero Street To Data occasion in Germany.

Tirop completed in a time of 30:01, breaking the earlier document of 30:29, which had been set by Moroccan Asmae Leghzaoui in 2002.

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Following the race, she mentioned, “I am so completely happy to have damaged the world document. I felt the tempo was good. The course was superb, too.”

On the 2015 IAAF World Cross Nation Championships, Tirop grew to become the second-youngest ever gold medalist within the ladies’s race after Zola Budd. Athletics Kenya mentioned the nation had “misplaced a jewel who was one of many fastest-rising athletics giants on the worldwide stage, due to her eye-catching performances.”

World Athletics president Sebastian Coe additionally paid tribute to one of many sport’s “brightest younger stars.”

“World cross nation champion at simply 19, Agnes Jebet Tirop burst on to the worldwide scene in 2015 and has been one of many world’s finest feminine distance runners over the previous six years,” he mentioned in a press release.

“It is a horrible blow to all the athletics neighborhood, however particularly to her household, her buddies and Athletics Kenya and I ship all of them our most heartfelt condolences.”

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