Family reveals why prime suspect killed alleged gf in Kisii


• The body of Lucy Boke, 22, was found in her house after a suspected murder, on November 9.

Lucy Boke, 22 who was found dead with stab wounds on November 9, 2023 in Kisii
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New details have emerged as to why a man travelled from his Kuria home to Kisii and allegedly killed a student alleged to have been his girlfriend.

The body of Lucy Boke, 22, was found in a pool of blood in her house in the Jogoo area, Kisii, after a suspected murder, on November 9.

The suspect was arrested over the murder of Boke after being saved by police from an irate mob. 

The family of the woman claimed the man was angered he could not marry their kin because they were relatives.

The two families had met and agreed the two would not marry despite them having a child together.

This angered the man who allegedly trailed the woman to Kisii where she was studying at the Kisii National Polytechnic and allegedly killed her. 

Boke had a nine-month-old child and was enrolled in a beauty and therapy course. Police say the firearm was also discovered inside the residence.

According to authorities, the alleged attacker left his house in Kuria to carry out the task.

Police intervened to prevent locals who had ejected him from a nearby house where he was hiding from lynching him.

According to the police, their investigation is to determine whether the murder occurrence involved any other accomplices.

The suspect and the 22-year-old student were both from Masaba hamlet in Kuria West, Migori.

Her mother Amina Nyihembe told the media the woman refused the request by the man to marry her.

“She had struggled to study and now she is dead because of love. We can't believe this,” she said.

Her uncle Ngen Matatiro said the families met and agreed the two would not marry.

Marrying relatives in some communities is an abomination.

And a new dispute has come up on where the Boke will be buried.

The family of the suspect is demanding the body while that of Boke says the two were not married to warrant that.

The family of Boke has rejected the demands.

Police in Kisii said they will produce the suspect in court as investigations into the murder go on.

Kisii police boss Isaac Kimwele said they would prefer murder charges in the case.

"It was all about a love triangle. The other details are reinforcing this murder," he said.

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