The family of slain Kenyan athlete Agnes Tirop has stated that her burial will cost Ksh5 million.

This is after the burial committee comprising of Agnes’ family members, representatives from the Athletes Kenya Organization, and officials from Nandi County Government convened at her parents home where they held a fundraiser on October 18, 2021.

According to the committee, Agnes will be laid to rest at her parent's home at Kapnyamisa Village in Mosoriot, Nandi County on Saturday, October 23.

File image of Agnes Tirop. |Photo| Courtesy|

The late athlete was found dead on Wednesday, last week at her Iten home with stab wounds in the abdomen.

Ibrahim Rotich, Agnes' estranged husband and a prime suspect in the murder was arrested on Friday last week at Changamwe in Mombasa while allegedly trying to flee the country.

According to reports, Keiyo North Police Commander Tom Makori revealed that the husband called his parents and informed them that he had killed the athlete. He prayed for forgiveness.

Rotich was arraigned in court at Iten and was detained for a further 20 days as police expedite investigations.

Senior Principal Magistrate Charles Kutwa further ordered that the suspect undergo a mental test.

“The court has also directed that he undergoes a mental assessment at the Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital within the 20 days period,” he said.

The case will be mentioned on November 9.

Yesterday, the police revealed that they had arrested a third suspect in connection to the murder.

The suspect whose identity is yet to be revealed is believed to have crucial information that can aid with the investigations.

“There was an unidentified woman who was spotted at the slain athlete’s home a day before her body was discovered. Detectives have had statements from multiple witnesses including friends of the two, which have aided our investigation. Positively identifying the woman won't be an issue," Makori stated.

The police boss, however, declined to reveal whether the third suspect was the woman in question.

According to Makori, the police intend to interrogate the suspect with an aim of getting more information on what happened prior to the athlete’s death.

“Now that more people including the prime suspect have been arrested, they will assist in exposing images on the CCTV cameras and facilitate conclusive investigations,” he added.