Keiyo North Sub County Police Commander Tom Makori advised AFP that Tirop’s husband Emmanuel Rotich was the topic of a police hunt.
“The suspect had made a name to Tirop’s mother and father saying that he’d dedicated one thing fallacious. So we imagine he is aware of what occurred,” mentioned Makori.
Makori offered additional particulars of Tirop’s dying in an interview with CNN affiliate, Nation TV.
“When police went to Tirop’s home, they discovered her in mattress with blood below the mattress and a variety of it on the ground,” Makori mentioned.
“When police appeared on the physique, it appeared like she had been stabbed on the neck with what we suspect to be a knife.”
In a tweet on Wednesday, Kenya’s Nationwide Police Service (NPS) mentioned Tirop was the sufferer of a “heinous crime” and promised “speedy and complete investigations.”
Tirop received bronze medals within the 10,000m on the 2017 and 2019 World Championships and completed 4th within the 5,000m on the Tokyo Video games.
Final month, the 25-year-old made historical past by taking 28 seconds off the long-standing, women-only world document for 10km on the Adizero Street To Information occasion in Germany.
Tirop completed in a time of 30:01, breaking the earlier document of 30:29, which had been set by Moroccan Asmae Leghzaoui in 2002.
Following the race, she mentioned, “I am so joyful to have damaged the world document. I felt the tempo was good. The course was excellent, too.”
On the 2015 IAAF World Cross Nation Championships, Tirop grew to become the second-youngest ever gold medalist within the girls’s race after Zola Budd.
Athletics Kenya mentioned the nation had “misplaced a jewel who was one of many fastest-rising athletics giants on the worldwide stage, due to her eye-catching performances.”
World Athletics president Sebastian Coe additionally paid tribute to one of many sport’s “brightest younger stars.”
“This can be a horrible blow to all the athletics group, however particularly to her household, her buddies and Athletics Kenya and I ship all of them our most heartfelt condolences.”