Husband of Kenyan Olympic runner arrested for her murder

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The husband of a Kenyan Olympic runner and World medallist found slain in her home has been arrested for her murder.

Agnes Tirop, 25, was discovered with multiple stab wounds to her abdomen at her home in Iten, Kenya, on Wednesday.

Her husband, Ibrahim Rotich, was taken into custody the following day, according to Kenyan authorities.

“The suspect, one Ibrahim Kipkemoi Rotich, who has been on the run with police on hot trail, was nabbed in Mombasa by diligent police detectives who were trailing him and is currently held at Changamwe Police Station awaiting transfer to Iten where he’s expected to face prosecution,” the country’s National Police Service tweeted.

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The NPS added that another man, Silas Chilla Chellile, was arrested and both men are cooperating with police.

A third man, John Kipkoech Samoe, was “earlier arrested for complicity in the murder and already arraigned in court for custodial sentence,” officials added.

Investigators launched a manhunt for him after family members reported receiving a troubling phone call from him, crying and begging for God’s forgiveness, according to the Associated Press .

It is believed the couple may have gotten into a fight before Tirop was killed, said authorities.

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Tirop was a rising star, first gaining fame in 2015 when, at 19, she became the second-youngest person to win the cross-country title.

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She represented Kenya in the 5,000m at the Tokyo Olympic Games, where she narrowly missed out on the bronze medal, finishing fourth with a season best time.

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“Kenya has lost a jewel,” Athletics Kenya said in a statement. “She was one of the fastest-rising athletics giants on the international stage thanks to her eye-catching performances on the track.”

Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta added: “It is unsettling, utterly unfortunate and very sad that we’ve lost a young and promising athlete. It is even more painful that Agnes, a Kenyan hero by all measures, painfully lost her young life through a criminal act perpetuated by selfish and cowardly people.”

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