Agnes Tirop, 25, a Kenyan professional long-distance runner was found dead at her house in Iten, Elgeyo Marakwet.
She was lying in a pool of blood and had stab wounds in her abdomen. According to police report, her husband is considered the prime suspect because he went missing and switched off his phone at the time of discovery.
During the Roads to Records 2021 event that was held in Germany on September 12, Tirop set a new world record by clocking 30:01 in the 10km race.
She is a two-time bronze medalist in the 10,000 metres race in 2017 and in 2019 at the World Athletics Championships, gold medalist in the 2015 World Cross Country Championships and second youngest in the World Cross Country Championships.
Before her death the deceased had met with her pacesetter on Sunday October 12 for training, who said that she seemed really troubled and thus decided to resume training after feeling better. Fellow athletes came to her house after receiving the news of her demise. One of the athletes who lived nearby said that the deceased had troubles in her marriage but would not open up to anyone since she is normally a silent person who keeps things to herself.
"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 we speak up," she said.
The police arrived at the crime scene where she lived with her husband and collected CCTV footages that they are now reviewing to establish what really happened. The Keiyo South OCPD Tim Makori said that they have launched a manhunt for the suspect. "We are looking for him and hoping that he can tell us what really transpired," he said.
President Uhuru Kenyatta joined the athlete's fraternity in mourning the late Agnes Tirop and issued a statement urging law enforcements led by the National Police to track down and apprehend the criminals responsible for her murder.