Last Wednesday, the athletic community suffered a stunning loss when Olympic runner Agnes Tirop was found stabbed to death at her home in Kenya. On Thursday, Kenyan authorities arrested Tirop’s husband Ibrahim Kipkemoi Rotich for the murder after he unsuccessfully tried to escape from the city of Mombasa. Another suspect, Silas Chilla Chellile, was arrested with him.
According to CCN, Rotich became a prime suspect after Tirop’s parents reported that he’d called them claiming he had “committed something wrong.” Keiyo North Sub County Police Commander Tom Makori also provided graphic details regarding how Tirop was found:
“When police went to Tirop’s house, they found her in bed with blood under the bed and a lot of it on the floor. When police looked at the body, it looked like she had been stabbed on the neck with what we suspect to be a knife.”
Tirop was a 25-year-old rising phenom in the Kenyan athletic community. She was recently awarded bronze medals in the 10,000m at the 2017 and 2019 World Championships and finished 4th in the 5,000m at the 2020 Tokyo Games.
In a statement, Athletics Kenya said, “Kenya has lost a jewel who was one of the fastest-rising athletics giants on the international stage.”
She also set a women-only world record in the 10km; finishing with a 30:01 time at the Adizero Road to Records event.