Kenyan LGBTQ activist Edwin Chiloba has been laid to rest in his village. Hundreds have paid their last respects to him in Sergoit village on the land he was supposed to inherit.
Family spokesperson Gaudencia Tanui has said that they were shocked by the social media vitriol directed at Chiloba’s relatives over his sexuality.She added that It has left the family deeply hurt.She says that all the hate should not take away the fact that a crime was committed and justice must be served.
Chiloba’s body was found earlier this month in a metal box dumped on the roadside in Eldoret, where he was a student.
Police have detained five suspects, including Chiloba’s partner, but none have been as yet charged.The murder drew global condemnation, with human rights groups linking it to his sexuality.
However, police have not yet given a motive for the killing.Last week, chief government pathologist Johansen Oduor said Chiloba Chiloba died from asphyxia, which is caused by smothering.Socks had been stuffed into his mouth and a piece of denim jeans tied around his face.
Human rights groups have called on police to swiftly resolve his killing.