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Six Family Members Killed In Murang’a Arson Attack To Be Buried In One Grave

Six family members who perished in a suspected arson attack in Murang’a county will be buried today, April 27, all in one grave.

A mother, her three children, and two grandchildren were among those killed in the April 9 incident, which has left residents in shock.

They will be buried in Gatitu, approximately 10 kms from where they perished.

The burial follows post-mortems conducted by chief government pathologist Johansen Oduor at the General Kago Funeral Home in Thika, which established that the six were burned alive, sustaining 100 percent degree burns.

The victims were identified as Mary Wangui, 60, and her three daughters, Cecilia Gathoni, 30, Lucy Mumbi, 18, and Margaret Wanja, 15. 

Others who died in the fire were Gathoni’s two children aged 7 and 3.

Meanwhile, Alice Mugikuyu Njoroge, the main suspect behind the suspected arson attack was arrested on April 10, after she reportedly moved her belongings prior to the incident, raising suspicion about her motive. 

The court ruled, through Kandara Law Courts Principal Magistrate Eric Mutunga, that she be detained at Kabati police station for 21 days pending witness statements.

Police in Murang’a said are following a new lead into the case after a family source revealed that the tragic occurrence could have been caused by a missing phone.

The case will be mentioned on May 3 this year. 

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