Agnes Tirop, a 25-year-old Kenyan long-distance runner and two-time Olympic World Champion bronze medallist was found dead on October 13th. Tirop was found stabbed to death in her home in Iten, a town in Western Kenya known for its training base for runners. Kenyan media had reported that Tirop had suffered stab wounds to her abdomen and neck.
Tirop won bronze medals in both the Women’s 10,000 Meters race at the 2017 and 2019 World Championships and finished fourth in the 5,000 Meters race at the Tokyo Olympics. Last month, she broke the world record in the Women’s 10 KM road race in Germany, and just last week she finished second in the Giants Geneva 10K race, bringing incredible pride to her home country of Kenya.
“Kenya has lost a jewel,” Athletics Kenya commented.
Tirop’s car was found with a broken window and windshield, which police said could indicate that a domestic dispute had occurred before Tirop was murdered. Tom Makorihad, Police Chief of Elgeyo-Marakwet, a county in Kenya, said that they were searching for Tirop’s husband as a potential suspect after his family had reported he had phoned them crying and asking for God’s forgiveness for something he had done.
Makori asked for Ibrahim Rotich, Tirop’s husband, to present himself to the nearest police station to “assist police with their investigations“. He further revealed that Rotich, named the ‘main suspect’, had been arrested after ramming his car into a truck on the coast of Mombasa, saying he was trying to ‘flee the country‘. He is currently in police custody being questioned for details of the murder prior to being formally charged.