Kenyan kills mother-in-law, shoots self in US

July 31, 2013 3:52 pm
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The paper, quoting the Sherriff of Barrow County in Georgia Lt. Matt Guthas, said the incident occurred on Monday night/FILE
The paper, quoting the Sherriff of Barrow County in Georgia Lt. Matt Guthas, said the incident occurred on Monday night/FILE
NAIROBI, Kenya, July 31 – A Kenyan man has committed suicide in the United States after killing his mother in-law, authorities say.

The 33-year-old man identified as Ian Muriu is reported to have opened fire at his mother in-law, killing her instantly before turning the gun on himself – according to reports in an online newspaper Gwinnett Daily Post.

The paper, quoting the Sherriff of Barrow County in Georgia Lt. Matt Guthas, said the incident occurred on Monday night.

Barrow County sheriff’s deputies are reported to have responded to 544 Walton Drive in Bethlehem at about 7:15pm after a woman called 911 to report “hearing her husband, Ian Muriu, fire a weapon inside the residence.”

Muriu’s wife was not harmed in the incident.

The wife reportedly fled the residence for a neighbour’s home but didn’t know if anyone had been hurt by the shooting; the paper quoted Lt. Matt Guthas as saying.

“Multiple unsuccessful attempts were made to contact persons inside the residence,” once authorities arrived, Guthas said.

Deputies then entered the home, where they found 66-year-old Diana Freeman, Muriu’s mother-in-law, dead from apparent gunshot wounds.

Authorities in Barrow County said an investigation was underway to establish circumstances that led to the fatal shootings.

“However, the indications at this point are that Ian Muriu shot and killed Diana Freeman, his mother-in-law, before turning the gun on himself and taking his own life,” Guthas, the Barrow County Lt said.

This is not the first time that Kenyans have been involved in such incidents in the US.

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