A sombre mood has engulfed Saruyot village in Uasin Gishu county after a form four student allegedly murdered his ex-lover who was a form 3 student and her one year old child before trying to take his own life.
According to a resident who spoke to Citizen Tv, reports, it is alleged that the suspected killer had moved to the victims' village and stayed there for a week trying to reconcile with her lover but her parents were reportedly opposed to the affair.
The victim and the suspect are said to have been lovers but they parted ways.
The mother of the deceased, said " Nikafuata huyo mtoto nikaona huyo kijana anafuata mtoto nikamwambia nitapiga yeye watu wakamuokoa, akaniambia huyo mtoto ni wa Charo nikambia yeye sio wake nikamfukukuza,".
It is alleged that the suspected killer, Kipchumba had traveled 20 kilometres to Hilda's Village looking for her and try to seek reconciliation.
Speaking to media, area assistant chief said "Mtoto si wake mwenye ameua huyu msichana alikuwa x boyfriend kwenye alikuwa Biwot secondary. Na amemfuata mpaka hapa Saruyot , babake mtoto anasoma Ngeria kwa hivyo ni hali ya jealousy anakuja kurevenge,".
Residents say the suspect lured the unsuspecting girl to the river before killing her and her child.
Assistant chief added "Na kijana akamuita hapo mtoni then it happened akamua msichana pamoja na mtoto, akamweka msicha kwa nyasi na mtoto akamweka kwa maji na akamuweka jowe kwa kifua,".
After the murder he is said to have left markings to the places where he dumped the bodies.
He is alleged to have gone back to his home after the incident, penned a confession before taking poison.
But as fate would have it, he survived and is now at the Moi teaching and referral hospital receiving treatment.
Area chief, David Kipchomo, said "Kijana amekila dawa na Tumepata barua amesema amefanya uhalifu, ameua mpenzi wake na mtoto mdogo,".
The suspected killer is receiving medication at Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital Eldoret.
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