Disturbing details continue to come afore with regards to the alleged murder of record-breaking (and holding) athlete Agnes Tirop,
Tirop was found dead in her house in Iten, Elgeyo Marakwet County on Wednesday, October 13.
Speaking to journalists, Keiyo South OCPD Tim Makori disclosed that parents of both Tirop and her husband went to the Iten Police Station on Wednesday morning.
They were following up on a report filed by the deceased’s father the previous day, indicating that her daughter was missing.
Tirop’s husband’s parents stated that he had contacted them while crying and asking for forgiveness. He, however, had not told them what he had done wrong.
“Alarmed by the statements, police officers resulted to visiting their house. When they got inside, they found Tirop on the bed with blood all over. She had been stabbed on her neck,” Makori stated.
Residents in the area told journalists that the 25-year-old and her husband had been having domestic wrangles for a while and that Tirop had gone to take her belongings from the husband’s house when the unfortunate turn of events took place.
The star athlete had just become the world record holder last month after winning the 10km road race. She clocked 30:01 during the Adizero Road to Records event in Herzogenaurach, Germany.
At the age of 19 years, Tirop become the youngest winner of the World Cross since Zola Budd in 1985 and the second youngest in World Cross Country Athletics history.
Her Last Days
Boniface Kimutai who trains together with the late Tirop said she met the deceased athlete on Sunday and she promised to return to training after taking a rest for days.
“I am her pacesetter. We shared the same training program and she was like a mother to all of us. It is painful that she has left us in this manner. It is difficult for our training group to accept her demise,” Kimutai told the Standard
The late athlete’s neighbor Sussy Chebet who is also a runner said Tirop was in a troubled marriage, but could not open up even when pressed by residents.
“Recently, I spotted her training. All was not rosy in her relationship. I urge fellow athletes to share troubles in their marriage. Problems can be handled when we speak up,” she said.
Eliud Kipchoge, the world marathon record holder who defended his title in Tokyo, said he was shocked.
“I learned the sad news this morning about the demise of our star athlete Agnes Jebet Tirop. I hope and trust that those concerned will get to the bottom of the matter.
“My sincere and heartfelt condolences to family, friends, sportsmen, and women, and the entire nation. We pray that God may grant strength to family and friends at this difficult time,” said Kipchoge
Olympic 5,000m silver medalist Hellen Obiri said it was too painful.
“This is sad. It is really painful. I am surprised and have yet to accept it. She was my long-time friend. This is shocking. Let the police do their work. I am looking at the pictures we took in Tokyo. Let us pray to God. I have spoken to so many athletes,” said Obiri.
Julius Yego, the 2016 Olympic javelin silver medalist, said: “I traveled with her from Tokyo to Nairobi. We have lost a great talent. I have known Tirop for a long and every time we are in the national team and I am the team captain, she consults a lot. She respected authority. I have no words to describe such a tragedy.”
In a statement, Athletics Kenya said they were distraught to learn about the untimely death of Tirop. Last month, she broke the women-only record in the women’s 10km at Road to Records Race in Germany, timing 30:01.
Last week, she finished an impressive second, timing 30:20 at the Valencia Half Marathon.
Tirop’s decorated CV also includes a World Cross Country title in 2015 during which she made history as the second youngest medalist at that level.
She also won the Africa Cross Country Championship in 2014 in Kampala, Uganda as well as the World Junior Cross Country Championship in 2013 in Bydgoszcz, Poland.