A family is in mourning following the mysterious death of their 18-year-old daughter Mercy Cherono who was a first-year student at Daystar University.
Mercy Cherono died only four days after her admission at the Daystar University to pursue a course in Nursing.
On the fateful day, her father Bowen Kanda says his daughter had called her mother and said she would be home that evening because there was a party for first years happening at the school that she did not want to attend.
Moments later, the 18-year-old Cherono called her mother and said she had decided to stay and join the party because she couldn’t find transport home.
At 2 a.m., the family received a dreadful call. The school wanted the parents to rush to the institution immediately, and later directed them to head to Shalom Hospital in Kitengela, where their worst fears were confirmed – their beloved daughter was no more.
“I only admitted her at Daystar University on 4th September, and hardly four days passed before she was found dead,” narrated Kanda.
“That hostel that she was found in is not the hostel that I paid for. I had paid for a different hostel and she died in a different one, and this hostel does not even have CCTV cameras which could have tracked the movement of my child.”
The family confronted the school official present in the hospital who revealed to them that their daughter was confirmed dead after suffering a stab wound on her left side of the chest.
The family is demanding thorough investigations to be conducted including a postmortem report to be availed.
Post-mortem examination conducted on the late Cherono was inconclusive, leaving the family with more questions than answers.
“The post-mortem report is not conclusive, samples were taken and they are yet to be released from the government chemist. The preliminary report only states that the child died of excessive bleeding due to a deep cut from knife stabbing,” added Kanda.
The 18-year-old will be laid to rest at her parents’ home in Kapsait, Elgeyo Marakwet, on Saturday, September 15.