Top Kenyan athletes carry body of Agnes Tirop

 Top Kenyan athletes carry body of Agnes Tirop

A host of leading Kenyan athletes have conducted a peaceful procession in honour of the late Agnes Tirop, while escorting her body from Eldoret Hospital to her home ahead of her burial on Saturday.

Faith Kipyegon, Joyciline Jepkosgei, Eunice Sum and Mary Keitany were among the 300 or so marching behind a banner reading “End gender-based violence”.

Several leading male athletes – including Ezekiel Kemboi, Julius Yego and Conseslus Kipruto – also attended.

Ms Tirop was stabbed to death at her home earlier this month, and police have detained her husband Ibrahim Rotich in jail as the prime suspect.

He is being held for 20 days, during which time he will be assessed to see if he is mentally fit to stand trial.

Ms Tirop’s murder has sparked other Kenyan athletes to talk about what they have faced when it comes to gender-based violence.

BBC