The knife broke. Valerian Njeri Ndonu was still breathing. He rushed to the kitchen, grabbed another knife


The knife broke. Valerian Njeri Ndonu was still breathing. He rushed to the kitchen, grabbed ...

We have a very big problem somewhere in our new world. We must find it’s solutions. And fast. Before it gets out of control.

This is a sad shocking story. As a father to a teenage girl of exactly her age, I can only wish Njeri’s parents great strength and courage during this dark period.

As society, we need to find wisdom to better guide our young on how to handle our world and its devils.

Forensic officers counted 26 stab wounds on the teenager’s body, each of them draining life out of the girl.

Police accounts say Njeri had returned a Chemistry book she had borrowed from the boy when he started making sexual advances at her.

She refused and a fight ensued. She overwhelmed him and when she tried running away, he used the knife he was using to chop French beans to stab her.

The knife broke and Njeri was still breathing. He rushed to the kitchen, grabbed another knife and delivered more blows.

“He then dragged the body under his bed where it remained overnight,” said Naivasha DCI Chief Kenneth Njoroge.

During the incident in Mirera estate 20km from Naivasha town, the suspect would later meticulously clean the room and the body, drag it under the bed and later share a meal with his family.

He returned to his room, with the body still under the bed and waited for his parents to sleep.

Slightly before dawn, it is believed that he woke up, dragged the body and placed it outside.

When his parents woke up, a few minutes after 5am on Friday, he had already disposed the body and had his books spread on the table.

He was among people who had been questioned by Njeri’s parents on whether he knew where she was, and he had said he had not seen her.

It took the eye of one policeman to notice something was not right. The boy had a cut on his foot, and his shorts had traces of dried blood.

When they shone some ultraviolet light in his room, they noticed a blood trail that led to his bed. They then took him in for questioning and he confessed.

Police say the boy told them that Njeri, a student at Mary Leaky Secondary, had gone to consult him over a Chemistry question.

Psychologists say parents should be vigilant about the behavior of their children and seek early interventions when they notice sudden change.

Rest in eternal peace Valerian Njeri Ndonu.

Walter S. Odhiambo is the SOS Children’s Villages Kenya National Director

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