A Kenyan student studying at the prestigious Stanford University in the United States was found dead at her on-campus residence.
Ms Norah Jelagat Borus, the best student in Nairobi County and fourth nationally during the 2013 Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) examination, joined the university in 2016 on a scholarship to study Computer Science.
“Yes, it is true the family has received the shocking news, but her father, Dr Peter Borus, and some family members have travelled to the US to establish how she died,” said Mr Joseph Maswan, the family spokesman.
The university’s president, Mr Marc Tessier-Lavigne and provost Persis Drell, in a statement to students said the university was in touch with the student’s family.
Ms Borus is the fourth student to die at Stanford University this year.
News of Ms Borus’s death came in on the same day the body of Ms Nancy Cheruiyot, who was found dead in her apartment in Australia, was arriving at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport yesterday.
The two deaths reported in a span of two weeks are among several cases of Kenyans who have died abroad in the recent past.
Australian police are reported to be pursuing a man who was spotted driving two cars linked to the murder of Ms Cheruiyot, who hails from Cheptiret in Uasin Gishu.
In April, Mr Conrad Mwoshi Natse, 30, was found dead in his apartment in the US by police officers who were requested to undertake a welfare check on him after he failed to show up for an examination.
Mr Natse had stayed in the US for two years and he was a medical student at Medical Career Centre in Waltham, Massachusetts.
Following his death, Kenyans in the diaspora set up a Go Fund Me account to help raise money and send his body back to his rural home in Kakamega County.
Still in April, another Kenyan, Bonventure Alfred Ng’ang’a, died after a kayak that he and his friend were riding in capsized at Lake Chelan 35, in the USA.
In January, Mr Allan Onucko, 42, who hails from Homa Bay County, was struck and crashed by an 18-wheeler semi trailer in Harrison County.
In January, a Kenyan family raised questions over the mysterious death and cremation of their kin in the Netherlands.
Ms Mercy Wanjiku Muthui, a musician, was found dead in a ditch near the back garden of their house in Jagerskreek, Netherlands.
She used to live with her German husband Mr Daniel Erhadt who was detained by police for three days and later released.
In January, Ms Lorraine Kerubo Ogoti, 30, was found dead in her apartment in Toronto, Canada.
It was reported that she was stabbed by a 40-year-old man, Mawlid Hassan whose body was also found outside the apartment.
By Daily Nation