Tears as body of US marine arrives home

There were tears as the body of US marine Chris Atema Masaka who died in the United States was received at the Kakamega airstrip yesterday.

The deceased was son of Ikolomani MP Bernard Shinali. Upon arrival of the son’s body at Kakamega Airstrip, Mr Shinali and family members were consoled by residents of Kakamega led by deputy governor of Kakamega professor Philip Kutima.

Mr Masaka, who was serving in the US Marine, drowned in a swimming pool in Arizona State on July 26 while trying to rescue a young girl of Canadian descent.

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The late US Marine Chris Atema Masaka. PHOTO | COURTESY

Mr Ayitsi revealed that the father of two had travelled from Illinois to Arizona on holiday with his family when he met his death.

“He had been in Arizona for only one day, it is a sudden death, as a family we shall give a comprehensive statement on what exactly occurred once we have been briefed by the MP who has travelled to the USA,” Ayitsi told journalists.

Friends and relatives have been working on funeral arrangements in Nairobi and Ikolomani. Masaka is expected to be buried this Friday-16/08/2019 in Kakamega

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