Kiambu Couple Found Dead in Kirigiti Home in Suspected Murder-suicide

Kiambu couple
Businessman Jonathan Mukundi Gachunga and his wife Philomena Njeri. [Courtesy]

A man and his wife were on Tuesday evening found dead in what police suspect to be a murder/suicide.

Jonathan Mukundi Gachunga, a licensed firearm holder is suspected to have killed his 30-year-old wife, Philomena Njeri, at their Kirigiti home in Kiambu county.

The couple operated a spare parts shop in Nairobi’s Industrial Area.

Preliminary reports show that Gachunga shot his wife in the head before turning the gun on himself.

Read: Police Officer Attached to JKIA Dies in Suspected Suicide in Kirinyaga

A report filed at Kiambu Police Station under OB No 80/3/8/2021 at around 6.01 pm showed that a friend of Gachunga, Robert Charango Njuguna, tried reaching him on phone.

The calls, the report indicates, went unanswered.

Njuguna told the police that Gachunga’s failure to pick his calls was “suspicious”.

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“Together with officers from Kiambu Police Station, Njuguna went to Gachunga’s house, where they found his bedroom door locked from the inside. Police broke down the door and found Gachunga and his wife, Philomena Njeri, dead,” the police report reads.

At the scene of incident, police recovered a mini Glock gun of serial number BEZA475.

Speaking to the Standard, Kiambu police commander Badel Mohammed said the motive behind the killings is yet to be established.

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“The motive [of the apparent murder-suicide] is not yet known,” said Mohammed.

The bodies of the deceased persons were moved to Kenyatta University Funeral home pending a postmortem exam.

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