Late marathoner Kelvin Kiptum’s father, Samson Cheruiyot, has raised concerns about mysterious individuals who visited their home inquiring about his son just days before his untimely demise.
In an interview with Citizen TV, Cheruiyot disclosed that a group of unidentified individuals showed up at their residence four days prior, claiming to be from the State House but failing to provide any credible identification.
Expressing his distress, Cheruiyot emphasized the need for the government to launch a thorough investigation into his son’s death, which has left him shattered, particularly as Kelvin was his only child and a beacon of hope for the family.
“Kelvin was my sole child. Following some medical complications with his mother, we were advised against having more children, a decision we adhered to,” Cheruiyot lamented.
Recalling the heartbreaking moment he learned of the accident, Cheruiyot revealed that he received a call around 9:30 pm, informing him that Kelvin’s vehicle had been discovered in the forest.
Reflecting on their last conversation, Cheruiyot recounted Kelvin’s optimism about his athletic pursuits, assuring him of his physical preparedness and even envisioning a brighter future, including sponsorship for a home and a car.
“I remember vividly, he assured me of his physical readiness, claiming he could break records with a marathon time of one hour and 59 minutes,” Cheruiyot reminisced.
In Kelvin, Cheruiyot saw not just a son but a promising future, his aspirations tragically curtailed at a tender age of 2 years.
Kiptum, aged 24, and his coach, a Rwandan national named Gervais Hakizimana, tragically perished in a fatal accident that occurred just a short distance from their hometown of Chepsamo, in western Kenya.
However, a female passenger who was traveling with them miraculously survived with injuries and was rushed to the Racecourse Hospital in Eldoret, while the bodies of Kiptum and his coach were taken to the morgue at Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital as investigations commenced.