Police launch probe into shooting of KBC journalist

Written By: Nicholas Kigondu

 

Police have launched investigations into an incident where a Kenya Broadcasting Corporation employee was shot dead by armed criminals on Wednesday evening.

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Betty Barasa, a Senior Video Editor at the public broadcaster, was shot dead inside the family’s Oloolua home shortly after returning home from work.

The gang of three is said to have accosted Betty at the gate before leading her to the house where they held her family hostage.

The gang members are said to have demanded money from the family, and when their demands were not met, resulted to harassing their victims.

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While one of the gang members was left at the sitting room keeping watch of the rest of the family members, the other two led their victim to the upper floor of the house ostensibly in search of valuables.

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While what transpired at the family’s main bedroom remains unclear, the rest of the family reported hearing gunshots before the two armed men came down the stairs. When the sound of gunfire ran silent, Betty’s lifeless body lay on the ground in a pool of blood.

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The gang then proceeded to pick a laptop and a phone before disappearing into the darkness.

The Wednesday’s evening incident as graphical as was disturbing, an incident that left her young family distraught after witnessing the entire episode unfold before their very eyes.

Detectives are now piecing together evidence as they try to unravel the brutal murder of the journalist.

Her death has elicited an outpouring of condolences with those who knew her describing the fallen journalist as a hardworking and dedicated employee whose memories will remain in their hearts forever.

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In its condolence message, the Media Council of Kenya expressed its deepest condolences to family, friends and colleagues. The Council condemning the violent act that resulted to her untimely death calling for expeditious investigation into incident, with a view to having the culprits apprehended and prosecuted.

“MCK wishes to note that while the cause of her death is now a subject of police inquiry, acts of violence against journalists and media practitioners are unacceptable and a violation of press freedom as provided for under article 34 and 35 of the constitution” observed Council’s CEO David Omwoyo.

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