December 2, 2021

Murdered Olympic Star Agnes Tirop Had Simply Determined to Divorce Husband Over Fears He Would ‘Kill Her’

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ABUJA, Nigeria—Kenyan long-distance runner Agnes Tirop, who was discovered lifeless at her residence within the western Kenya city of Iten on Oct. 13, had threatened to divorce her husband and suspected killer weeks earlier than her loss of life, sources who knew her intently advised The Every day Beast.

Tirop was discovered with stab wounds in her stomach and neck after the household of her husband, Ibrahim Rotich, reported to police that he had phoned them crying and asking for God’s forgiveness for one thing he had carried out. Her neighbors mentioned she was in an abusive marriage and was determined to get out of the union.

“She stored complaining about her husband being violent in direction of her,” Stella, considered one of Tirop’s neighbors, advised The Every day Beast. “Agnes [Tirop] feared that someday her husband would kill her, and that’s precisely what occurred.”

I heard screams from their residence.

The Every day Beast has modified the names of sources commenting on Tirop’s marriage and private life at their request.

Tirop, who received bronze medals within the ladies’s 10,000 meters on the 2017 and 2019 world championships and completed fourth within the 5,000 meters on the Tokyo Olympics this August, was mentioned to have had a fractured marriage. In accordance with Stella, each the athlete and her husband incessantly fought of their residence and the couple’s members of the family had, on a number of events, waded in to attempt to settle disputes between the 2.

“She had mentioned she left Iten sooner than anticipated to Kenya’s coaching camp forward of the [Tokyo] Olympic Video games as a result of her husband had bodily abused her,” mentioned Stella. “She reluctantly returned to Iten [this October] after a few of her pals pressured her to return to her husband.”

Rotich, Tirop’s husband, who had been on the run shortly after his spouse’s loss of life, was arrested in the city of Mombasa on Oct. 14 whereas attempting to flee the nation and is about to be charged for his spouse’s homicide. Those that dwell near his Iten residence consider he could have murdered his spouse on Oct. 11, two days earlier than her physique was discovered.

“I heard screams from their residence on the evening of October 11 and I turned frightened that Agnes [Tirop] was being attacked by her husband,” Ruth, one other of the late athlete’s neighbors, advised The Every day Beast. “She did not step out of her home the next day and that made me start to assume she is perhaps in misery.”

Tirop had reportedly advised members of the family and shut pals that she confronted fixed abuse from Rotich and feared she is perhaps killed by her husband. It was for that motive that her neighbors have been frightened when nobody noticed or heard from her the day after her face-off with Rotich.

“Everybody was involved about Agnes [Tirop],” mentioned Ruth. “We knew she was in a tough marriage and we have been all the time frightened about her.”

Suspicion that Tirop could have been killed on Oct. 11 was additionally echoed by an in depth member of the family.

According to a local report, Tirop’s youthful sister, Everlyne Chepng’etich, who lived with the couple, additionally heard screams from the main bedroom on the identical evening and have become frightened about her sister. The next morning, Chepng’etich requested Rotich about Tirop and Rotich mentioned she was nice. Rotich then despatched Chepng’etich to the market to purchase meat after which known as her hours later to inform her to not come again residence, claiming that each he and Tirop had left for Kenya’s capital metropolis, Nairobi. A disturbed Chepng’etich knowledgeable her dad and mom that Tirop was lacking. Her dad and mom then reported the matter to the Iten Police Station.

I’ve mourned, I’ve cried, all my tears are gone.

Tirop’s household now consider that the athlete, who broke the world record in final month’s women-only 10-kilometer highway race in Germany, was killed in a plot that would have been hatched through the Tokyo Olympics, after it was found that the possession of a number of of her properties had modified whereas she was taking part within the Video games.

“There are a complete of 12 plots, which have since modified possession,” Kenya’s Every day Nation newspaper quoted Jeremiah Sawe, a spokesperson for Tirop’s household, as saying. “The suspect has made the property his and we consider the deceased was not conscious, or was underneath duress.”

Tirop’s members of the family, who mentioned they have been “now satisfied she was killed due to her wealth,” additionally found that there “are not any paperwork for a number of automobiles purchased by the athlete and, shockingly, one other [of Tirop’s] vehicles is registered underneath one of many suspect’s pals,” in keeping with Sawe.

Tirop was buried in Iten on Saturday—the day she would have turned 26—at a funeral attended by over 1,000 mourners, together with fellow athletes. Her devastated household, who need justice for the athlete, might hardly muster the power to discuss her loss of life.

“I don’t have a lot to say for at this time: I’ve mourned, I’ve cried, all my tears are gone,” Dinah Tirop, the late athlete’s mom, mentioned. “I give my daughter her ultimate send-off and I ask God to provide her her place.”

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