Agnes Tirop Jebet, a Kenyan athlete, who won gold at the last Olympic games in Tokyo, Japan, has been stabbed to death.
The Olympic star and two-time World championship bronze medalist was found dead on October 13, 2021 at her residence in Iten, Elgeyo Marakwet County.
Reports from Athletics Kenya fingered her ex-lover as the prime suspect.
The head of police for the area, Tom Makori said, “When [officers] got in the house, they found Tirop on the bed and there was a pool of blood on the floor. They saw she had been stabbed in the neck, which led us to believe it was a knife wound, and we believe that is what caused her death.
“Her husband is still at large, and preliminary investigations tell us her husband is a suspect because he cannot be found. Police are trying to find her husband so he can explain what happened to Tirop.”
Kenyan president, Uhuru Kenyatta, also reacted to the tragic loss.
“It is unsettling, utterly unfortunate and very sad that we’ve lost a young and promising athlete who, at a young age of 25 years, had brought our country so much glory.
“It is even more painful that Agnes, a Kenyan hero by all measures, painfully lost her young life through a criminal act perpetuated by selfish and cowardly people. I urge our law enforcement agencies to track down and apprehend the criminals responsible for the killing of Agnes so that they can face the full force of the law.”