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Kenya: Parish caretaker killed in robbery

Fr Kraakman speaks on local TV

Fr Kraakman speaks on local TV

Source: Fides

The guardian of Nyalenda parish, a slum in the city of Kisumu, in the center-west of Kenya, on Lake Victoria, was killed in a robbery in the night between 18 and 19 March. George Omondi, 47, father of five, was shot several times in the head and neck by bandits who were trying to enter Fr George Kraakman's house, a Dutch Mill Hill missionary.

Fr George woke up due to the noise, and found Omondi in a pool of blood. He was rushed to hospital, but pronounced dead on arrival.

The bandits stole food from the refrigerator, but apparently did no other damage. Police have recently intensified their control in the area where there has been an increase in violent crimes.

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