By Dr. Jean Kamau- Senior editor at The Diaspora Times.
In an apparent murder-suicide, a Kenyan woman and her two young daughters were fatally shot on Saturday morning by the husband whose name, per coroner’s identification, is one Gary Staton.
The Jefferson County Coroner’s Office has identified and released the names of the four people killed Saturday morning in an apparent murder-suicide.
The victims are 49-year-old Mary Njoki Muchemi Stanton, 17-year-old Andrianna Stanton, 11-year-old Brianna Stanton and 60-year-old Gary Stanton.
The Louisville Metro Police Department said they responded to a report of a shooting in the 4500 block of East Pages Lane off Dixie Highway around 8:45 a.m. Saturday morning.
Police say they suspect that the man killed his family, then turned his gun on himself.
These murders have happened barely a month after Ten people were killed in Louisville during the month of November, according to community activist Christopher 2X.
Louisville returned to double-digit homicides in November after the six murders reported in October were the lowest number of monthly homicides in at least the past three years.
“It used to be rare for ten or more homicides in any month, but now it’s common,” 2X said. “The pain from all this violence impacts many other lives and can be devastating.”
This year, more than 400 people have been wounded by gunfire. 2022 has become the third-deadliest year in Louisville Metro history, surpassing 117 homicides in 2016.
Kenyans on all social media were devastated after learning that this time it’s one of their own losing her life together with her children and, worse still, done by the man the children would call dad.
The spate of deaths among Kenyans, primarily through suicide, and domestic violence is alarming, and its high time the community opened up to try and reduce the many suicidal deaths that are avoidable.