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Edwin Chiloba’s family speaks after gruesome murder

Slain Edwin Chiloba’s family is coming to grips with the gruesome death of their son.

The celebrated model and LGBTQ activist was murdered, his body dumped inside a metal box by the roadside. According to detectives, he had his eyes gouged out, with preliminary reports indicating that he died from strangulation.

LGBTQ activist and model Edwin Chiloba. PHOTO | COURTESY

According to his cousin,  Caustencia Tanui, the family is shocked by the killing and revelations that he was gay.

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“To us, he was a staunch Christian and, even as a student at St Francis High School Kimuron, he was a member of the Christian Union and an ardently prayerful person.”

Adding, “His chilling murder shocked us and even if he was gay, he deserved to live. We shall not rest until justice is served.”

LGBTQ activist and model Edwin Chiloba. PHOTO | COURTESY

Chiloba’s elder sister Melvin Faith narrated the last moments of the brother.

She last saw him when he was headed to  Tamasha, a popular entertainment joint on the Eldoret-Kisumu Highway, for a New Year’s Eve party.

“He told me this (2023) will be his best year yet. I did not know he would be killed. I want the government to quickly investigate this. He was a boy with dreams. He used to encourage us all,” Melvin told reporters at the Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital mortuary on Friday, January 6, 2023.

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Melvin had told reporters that her brother arrived at the club at around 10 pm and left shortly after 1 pm.

“I chatted to him for about 20 minutes before bidding him goodbye and he left with a friend, whom I did not know,” she said amid sobs.

A viral video has been making rounds of Chiloba—wearing the same clothes his lifeless body was found in— and some of his friends singing to the popular Kenyan boy band Sauti Sol’s ‘Live and die in Afrika’.

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“The neighbours heard some scuffles followed by some silence and two days later, the friend and two other people were spotted loading a metallic box into a vehicle that was later found to contain the decomposing body of Chiloba,” said Peter Kimulwa, Uasin Gishu County Directorate of Criminal Investigations officer.

LGBTQ activist and model Edwin Chiloba. with his god parents, Peter and Donna Pfaltzgraff. PHOTO | COURTESY

Mr Peter Pfaltzgraff and his wife, Ms Donna – the adoptive parent – said that the death of Chiloba had really affected them as they said they loved him so much.

“Our hearts are broken tonight. Will give more details when we can share more. Please pray for us,” Ms Donna said.

The Pfaltzgraff family, who hails from the US, have been the spiritual parents of the deceased and they frequent the country as preachers of the gospel. They have been in the country since March 2022.

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