Crime:Shock as Kenyan couple commit suicide in New Jersey United states

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BY NAMULONGO PETER,NAIROBI,6TH MARCH 2018-Kenyans living  in New Jersey united states of America are shocked  after a Kenyan couple was found dead in their home  Monday.

The couple was identified as Mr Henry Okong’o and his wife Lydiah .They were found with  gunshot wounds in separate rooms of their country village home on Monday morning.They were reported  dead at the scene.

Local media  indicate that authorities in Jersey City, New Jersey, are investigating a murder-suicide.

It is reported that the discovery was made before 9am and it remains  unclear who was responsible for the deadly gunfire.

The couple has been living in the 2 Mina Drive property for over a decade and neighbours are still confounded by the incident because, according to them, the Okong’os seemed “happy”.

“Three children have been left without parents. This is so sad,” one neighbour was quoted by the local press as saying.

 

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Some Kenyans in Jersey City, especially those who were close to  the couple, suspect the deaths could have been as a result of domestic violence. They suspect Mr Okong’o might have shot his wife and then turned the gun on himself.

“Most of us who knew the couple very well know that they have had a tough marriage,” Said Dr George Omburo, one of the SDA church elders.

“They quarrelled a lot and they would separate for long periods only to come together again.”

Dr Omburo said neighbours reported to have heard a quarrel emanating from the house on Sunday night.

Mrs Betsy Mairura, the president of the AMWAG (African Minnesota Women Awareness Group) also suspected domestic violence.

She advised couples facing difficulties in their marriages and relationships to seek help from her organisation.

“The situation can be deescalated through a professional approach which is readily available. Any couple affected should not shy away from getting help before it is too late,” she said.

Her organisation, she said, is composed of the clergy, professional marriage counsellors, financial advisers, drug abuse counsellors, mental health and teen-age counsellors.

The Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office, which had not released any information on their investigations by the time of going to press, remained at the scene until late Monday.

Homicide detectives could be seen sifting through the mailboxes at the Sycamore Road residence.

Neighbours gathering around the home described the Okong’o s as “lovely people” who kept their home well maintained.

Neighbours, who asked not to be named for personal reasons, said Lydiah was employed as a nurse while Mr Okongo owned a few Laundromats.

Public records show Mr Okongo owned a business on Martin Luther King Drive.

He is listed as the owner of both 2 Mina Drive, a corner house, and 120 Sycamore Road, which stands just behind the other home on the opposite corner.

The bodies of the two were discovered by a family and the couple’s children are also believed to have been inside the home when the gunfire erupted.

 

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