- The identities of all the 61 civilians and 6 security officials killed in the Westgate Mall attack are not released yet, we will continue updating this list as the names become known.
The list of victims of the Saturday terrorist attack in a Nairobi mall confirmed Kenya’s credentials as a cosmopolitan African city with inhabitants from all parts of the world.
Here is a list of some of the victims.
1. Peter Ldhituachi Simani, a board director at the Communications Commission of Kenya (CCK) and chairman of the Political Parties Dispute Tribunal, also tragically died at the Westgate Mall.
Mr. Simani, a senior partner at Simani and Associates, was serving a three-year term at the regulator’s board. He was appointed in February 2011. The deceased’s law firm provided consultancy and legal services in criminal, civil, and commercial law.
2. Anuj Shah of Sona Shoppe, a photography studio situated in several Nakumatt branches such as the ill-fated Westlands and Ukay, was also killed during the attack. Mr. Shah was the brother-in-law of Atul Shah, Nakumatt Holdings’ managing director.
3. Harun Oyieke, a lecturer at Co-operative University College of Kenya, which is based in Karen. He was the husband to Prof. Florence Awino of University of Nairobi’s School of Biological sciences where she is also the deputy director of the Student Welfare Authority (SWA).
4. Ruhila Adatia-Sood, a popular TV and radio personality, was in the rooftop car park of the Westgate shopping centre where she was part of a team hosting a cooking competition for children at the time of the attack.
She was married to Ketan Sood, who worked for USAid in Nairobi, in January 2012 in what has been described as Swahili-themed wedding. She was six months’ pregnant with their first child when she died.
According to reports, Ms Adatia-Sood was rushed to Aga Khan Hospital, but was pronounced dead on arrival.
5 &6. Mbugua Mwangi and Rosemary Wahito: President Uhuru Kenyatta’s nephew Mbugua Mwangi and his fiancee Rosemary Wahito are among the many Kenyans killed in the attack on the Westgate shopping centre.
According to the Irish Independent newspaper, Mr Mwangi’s mother, Catherine Muigai Mwangi, had recently returned home from Dublin following a six-year posting as Kenya’s ambassador to Ireland.
Mr Kenyatta’s elder sister, Christine Wambui Pratt, had also been at Westgate at the time of the attack, but managed to escape. The family was planning a wedding for the deceased couple.
7. Mitul Shah: A sales and marketing director of Bidco, a company that primarily makes cooking oil, Mitul Shah was also up in the rooftop car park at the cooking competition.
“He died trying to save stranded children. He died as a hero,” Half Jadhe Half Kyuk wrote on the KenyaList.com message board.
Nehal Vekaria: A 16-year-old student. On Sunday, her family held her funeral where she was cremated.
8. Martin Munene Kithinji: A police officer attached to GSU Recce company.
9. Wilkista Vizengwa Angoro: She used to work with AMREF
10. Crispal Gaitung'u Ng'ang'a: He worked for Genesis Office Solutions
11. Kennedy Mogaka Mochere: He was a Nakumatt employee
12. Veronicah Wairimu Kamau: Also worked at Nakumatt
13. John Mutinda Musango: He hails from Machakos County and worked at Nakumatt
14 David Kithumbi Karechu. A Bank of Baroda employee and father of four.
15 Ezekiel Muchoka Mitambo, 26 KDF soldier was felled while on a recue mission.
16 John Mugwika 67, Former government surveyor was a driver and died on duty.
17 Pavraj Ghataurhae, Oshwal Academy student.
18 Paul Kimani, 64, A driver.
19 David Muthumbi, Bank of Baroda employee.
20 Rajan Solanki 24, He died at the cooking contest in Westgate
21 Pramshu Jain 8, Student at Visa Oshwal.
22 Maurice Ombisa.
23 Paul Muriuki 54, a driver and father of four