New Twist as Family of Man Sprayed With 36 Bullets Disowns Girlfriend

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    An undated photo of police officers and detectives at a crime scene in Kenya
  • The family of the late Kevin Otieno, who was sprayed with 36 bullets in broad daylight by armed gunmen in Nairobi's Utawala, has disowned a lady reported to be his girlfriend. 

    Media reports indicated that the woman was released by the gunmen, 17 kilometres away in Fedha Estate, within Eastlands area.

    It was reported that the lady went to Otieno's house to collect a few household items and sell them. 

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    DCI officers combing through a crime scene

    However, the deceased's father Johanes Obinya, insisted that the family was not aware of the woman in question- indicating that police officers attached to the case should investigate her as a person of interest. 

    "If my son was living alone, it is important that the lady who went to the house and picked a few household items is known so that she can tell us why she did so,” he stated. 

    Mildred Aoko, Otieno's mother urged the police to expedite the investigations to bring the culprits to book. She also urged the police to save Alfred Odhiambo, Otieno's brother, who was also abducted by the gunmen. 

    “They should just release my son or even tell us where they took him, that is my only request for now," Aoko stated. 

    The Gunmen's Trail

    New reports also revealed that the perpetrators had killed two other people along Mirema Drive on Thursday, September 22 - the day before the Utawala shooting incident. 

    According to locals, the gunmen appeared to be new as they kept asking for directions. Further, they parked next to the two men and confronted them asking for a package.

    "The two men then alighted and confronted the man who was busy making a call and demanded that they be given what they called mzigo (package). They told him that they will not let him eat alone,” a witness stated, adding that the gunmen later sprayed the two men with bullets. 

    The following day, they went to Odhiambo's house at 3 am, looking for a specific object. The wife revealed to the media that the gunmen, who were searching for a missing firearm, roughed up the brother before taking him to an unknown destination. 

    Around midday, the gunmen went to the house of Otieno's girlfriend and picked her up. Locals revealed that the suspected thugs appeared to be familiar with the surroundings as they did not ask for directions to the location of the house. 

    "The gunmen appeared to be searching for something that they did not manage to get from her house. They then covered her face, bundled her inside the land cruiser and left,” a witness stated. 

    Around 2 pm, the culprits went to Mihang'o in Utawala where they blocked Otieno's car and opened fire on him multiple times.

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    An undated photo of a gunman in a balaclava.
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