The body of murdered LQBTQ activist Edwin Kiprotich kiptoo alias Chiloba’s has been removed from the MTRH morgue in Eldoret and is on the way home for burial.
His family including sisters and brothers along with friends were at the morgue to collect the body ahead of the burial later today at their Sergoit village home in Elgeyo Marakwet County.
His cousin Gladys Chiri led the family at the morgue and asked all those present to escort them home for burial.
“We are now heading home straight for a family service then buria. We ask all those here to go with us so that we bury our brotherl”, she said.
Most family members broke down in tears after viewing the body before it was taken to a hearse.
A family member offered a prayer at the morgue before the journey home started.
Chiloba was found murdered and his body stashed in a metal box which was dumped at Hurlingham village near Kipkaren on the outskirts of Eldoret Town.
Five suspects including three minors are being held by the police in connection with the murder.
They include the prime suspect Jacktone Odhiambo who lived with Chiloba in Kimumu area along the Eldoret Iten Road.
The suspects will be taken back to court on January 31st most probably to be charged after completion of forensic investigation into the murder
Three pairs of socks and other pieces of clothes were removed from the mouth of the deceased during a postmortem exercise carried out by Chief government pathologist Dr Johansen Oduor.
Dr Oduor explained that Chiloba died of blockage of the mouth which caused him to lack oxygen.
In most cases within the Kalenjin community bodies are taken home a day before burial but Chiloba will be intered on the same day.