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Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce: Olympic Gold Medalist Joins Kenyans in Mourning Agnes Tirop
- Jamaican female sprinter Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce has shared her message of condolence over the demise of fellow athlete Agnes Tirop
- "My Kenyan fans we mourn with you. Condolences to the family and friends of Agnes," she wrote on Facebook
- Fraser-Pryce is a double Olympic gold medalist, having emerged top in Beijing and London, and is considered among the top 10 all-time fastest female sprinters in the world
On Wednesday, October 13, Kenyans woke up to the sad news that long-distance runner Agnes Tirop had been found dead at her Iten house.
Tirop's lifeless body was discovered with stab wounds in the abdomen, putting a sudden end to the 25-year-old's fast-rising star.
A source disclosed to TUKO.co.ke that the athlete had marital issues with her estranged boyfriend identified as Emmanuel Ibrahim Rotich Kipleting.
Body discovered in her house
In the hours following her death, it emerged that Rotich had called his parents informing them that he had committed a crime and sought God's forgiveness.
Upon receiving the troubling call, the 25-year-old's family, friends and neighbours rushed to Tirop's house and broke in only to find her body lying in bed in a pool of blood.
“She was one of the fastest-rising athletics giants on the international stage thanks to her eye-catching performances on the track," read part of the statement by Athletics Kenya.
A month before her demise, the 2015 world cross-country champion and two-time world medallist had broken the women-only world record for 10 kilometres.
It is news that reverberated within the Kenyan borders and beyond, all the way to the World Athletics board.
Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce mourns Tirop
Another global icon who has joined Kenya in mourning the slain athlete is Jamaican female sprinter Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce.
The athlete, considered among the top 10 all-time fastest female sprinters in the world, shared her message of condolence on her Facebook page.
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"My Kenyan fans we mourn with you. Condolences to the family and friends of Agnes," she wrote.
Born on December 27, 1986, Fraser-Pryce set her best athletics mark of 10.70 on June 29, 2012, at a competition held in her county's Kingston, Jamaica.
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