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Daughter to Kenya Olympic Champion Korir murdered in Switzerland


The apartment building where the lady’s body was found [Le Nouvelle Liste]. PHOTO/courtesy
NAIROBI, Kenya, Jan 31 – Switzerland is investigating the murder of the daughter to Kenya’s 1984 Olympic men 3000m steeplechase champion, Julius Korir after she was found dead January 25 in Switzerland.

According to reports, she was found dead in her apartment in Reconvilier, stabbed severally, after police were called in by neighbours before the perpetrator was arrested at the scene.

It’s reported that last week Wednesday night shortly before 7pm, the Bernese cantonal police were called in by neighbours following a violent dispute at the Rue Jolimont in Reconvilier and on arrival they found the lifeless body of a woman in the apartment.

“According to the autopsy carried out by the Institute of Forensic Medicine at the University of Bern, the victim succumbed to serious injuries caused by a blunt object,” the police said.

The perpetrator was found at the scene and showed no signs of resistance when he was arrested. A knife was also found at the scene but the police have not confirmed whether it was the weapon used.

“The alleged perpetrator was apprehended at the scene,” said the police, without specifying whether it is a runner hosted in Rue Jolimont by the couple to enable him to train. “He was also injured during the dispute,” the Bernese policeman observed.

The relationship between the victim and the perpetrator has not been established but the police confirmed that the victim knew the perpetrator.

The 30 year old geriatric nurse was married to a Swiss and the couple was well known for their love for running and for hosting most of Kenya’s elite runners coming to attend the Morat-Friborg Marathon.

Her husband and their three and a half year old son are currently in Kenya, where the husband is overseeing the building of their home.

Speaking to RTS from Kenya, the husband was devasted by the news. “I would very much like to end my life in Kenya,” he said.

The wife had made a call to her in-laws shortly before her death, a call the in-laws perceived as a call for help.

Athletics Kenya is monitoring the situation after confirming they have received the sad news and are waiting for direction from law enforcement agencies in the two countries.

-By Mkenya

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