Suspect revealed in murder of 'bright young star'

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Police successful Kenya named the hubby of long-distance runner Agnes Tirop arsenic a "suspect" successful her decease aft the 25-year-old was stabbed to death.

Keiyo North Sub County Police Commander Tom Makori told AFP that Tirop's hubby Emmanuel Rotich was the taxable of a constabulary hunt.

"The fishy had made a telephone to Tirop's parents saying that he'd committed thing wrong. So we judge helium knows what happened," said Makori.

Makori provided further details of Tirop's decease successful an interrogation with CNN affiliate, Nation TV.

Agnes Jebet Tirop of Kenya celebrates winning bronze successful the Women's 10,000 Metres last during time 2 of 17th IAAF World Athletics Championships Doha 2019 astatine Khalifa International Stadium connected September 28, 2019 successful Doha, Qatar. (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images for IAAF) (Getty Images for IAAF)

"When constabulary went to Tirop's house, they recovered her successful furniture with humor nether the furniture and a batch of it connected the floor," Makori said.

"When constabulary looked astatine the body, it looked similar she had been stabbed connected the cervix with what we fishy to beryllium a knife."

In a tweet connected Wednesday, Kenya's National Police Service (NPS) said Tirop was the unfortunate of a "heinous crime" and promised "speedy and broad investigations."

Tirop won bronze medals successful the 10,000m astatine the 2017 and 2019 World Championships and finished 4th successful the 5,000m astatine the Tokyo Games.

Last month, the 25-year-old made past by taking 28 seconds disconnected the long-standing, women-only satellite grounds for 10km astatine the Adizero Road To Records lawsuit successful Germany.

Tirop finished successful a clip of 30:01, breaking the erstwhile grounds of 30:29, which had been acceptable by Moroccan Asmae Leghzaoui successful 2002.

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Following the race, she said, "I'm truthful blessed to person breached the satellite record. I felt the gait was good. The people was precise good, too."

At the 2015 IAAF World Cross Country Championships, Tirop became the second-youngest ever golden medalist successful the women's contention aft Zola Budd. Athletics Kenya said the state had "lost a jewel who was 1 of the fastest-rising athletics giants connected the planetary stage, acknowledgment to her eye-catching performances."

World Athletics president Sebastian Coe besides paid tribute to 1 of the sport's "brightest young stars."

"World transverse state champion astatine conscionable 19, Agnes Jebet Tirop burst connected to the planetary country successful 2015 and has been 1 of the world's champion pistillate region runners implicit the past six years," helium said successful a statement.

"This is simply a unspeakable stroke to the full athletics community, but particularly to her family, her friends and Athletics Kenya and I nonstop them each our astir heartfelt condolences."

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