In Summary
  • Only close members of the family, a few friends and neighbours were in attendance.
  • During the anniversary event, Sharon’s three children unaware of what was going on kept close to their grandparents, just in their own world enjoying the cuddling by their caretakers.
  • The youngest, a girl, is now slightly over two years, while the second born is aged 4 and the first born, 5.

It is exactly one year since the death of Rongo University student Sharon Otieno.

Her macabre killing shook the nation and for one month, attracted a lot of attention.

One year on, the heat that her killing generated seems to have dissipated. This was evident yesterday during the first anniversary of her killing.

However, though the killing is no longer headline news, for family members the pain is still fresh.

The low-key function at the family’s Magare home in Homa Bay county. was a manifestation of how quickly the nation had forgotten the gruesome murder.

Only close members of the family, a few friends and neighbours were in attendance. No politician turned up. Only close relatives grieved publicly.

Mr Douglas Otieno and his wife Melida Auma, Sharon’s parents, were besides themselves with grief.

As the commemoration went on, tears flowed freely down Mrs Auma’s face, her anguish over her daughter’s killing still evident.

Sharon Otieno's mother joins Rogo University students in a song during an event to mark the first anniversary since the death of her daughter. GEORGE ODIWUOR | NATION MEDIA GROUP

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