Edwin Kiprotich Kiptoo alias Edwin Chiloba whose gruesome murder sent shock waves amongst the LGBTQ community in Kenya and abroad was buried on Tuesday 17th January at his parent’s home in Sergoit Elgeyo Marakwet.
The model and LGBTQ activist was discovered dead, his lifeless body stuffed in a metallic box dumped by a roadside along the Kipenyo-Katinga Road in Uasin Gishu County. Five suspects, including three minors and a prime suspect Jacktone Odhiambo who lived with Chiloba in Kimumu area along the Eldoret Iten Road are being held in connection with the murder.
According to an autopsy by the Chief government pathologist Dr Johansen Oduor, three pairs of socks and other pieces of clothes were removed from the mouth of the deceased which suffocated him to death. The suspects will be taken back to court on January 31 after the completion of a forensic investigation into the murder
Chiloba who was a fashion and design student at the University of Eldoret was eulogised as a humble high school pastor who loved fashion and modelling.
There were no visible presence of the members of the LGBTQ community who were initially very vocal about his death as the mourners asked the government to thoroughly investigate the killing of the man described as a pastor and Christian Union (CU) chair at St Francis Kimuron Secondary school in Elgeyo Marakwet where he went to school.
Controversial YouTuber Andrew Kibe has criticized the LGBTQ community for not showing up at Chiloba’s funeral after one of the members of the community was arrested for Chiloba’s murder.