The Olympic distance runner was found stabbed to death at her home in Kenya.
Agnes Tirop, a talented young athlete, recently competed in the Tokyo Olympics and was a two-time World Athletics Championships bronze medalist.
The 25-year-old long-distance runner was found stabbed to death in her home in Iten, a town in the Republic of Kenya. Her father had reported her missing, according to BBC Sports.
A criminal investigation into her death has begun and her husband, who is now missing, is a suspect.
The head of police for the area, Tom Makori, told reporters that “when [police] got in the house, they found Tirop on the bed and there was a pool of blood on the floor.”
“They saw she had been stabbed in the neck, which led us to believe it was a knife wound, and we believe that is what caused her death.”
“Her husband is still at large, and preliminary investigations tell us her husband is a suspect because he cannot be found. Police are trying to find her husband so he can explain what happened to Tirop.”
Makori adds that they hope the CCTV in her house will help with their investigation.
Great sadness has been felt across the sporting world. President Uhuru Kenyatta has also offered his condolences and urges police to track down those responsible.
He mourns Agnes as a hero and champion whose death is a “big blow to the country’s sporting ambitions and profile.”
“It is even more painful that Agnes, a Kenyan hero by all measures, painfully lost her young life through a criminal act perpetuated by selfish and cowardly people,” the President said.
“I urge our law enforcement agencies led by the National Police Service to track down and apprehend the criminals responsible for the killing of Agnes so that they can face the full force of the law.”
Rest in Peace, Agnes.
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