Family of lawyer who shot son says another relative was killed mysteriously

Worrying details emerge

A photo of Assa Nyakundi (left) and that of his late son Joseph

The family of city lawyer Assa Nyakundi who shot and killed his son Joseph Nyakundi has said the Sunday afternoon incident has brought back memories of another relative who was killed in mysterious circumstances.

Assa’s father, a retired clergyman was shot dead in 2010 in an incident that the family says they are yet to come to terms with.

The lawyer’s younger brother, Bishop Eliud Nyakundi who lectures at Kisii University said their 85-year old father was killed by suspected robbers who forced him to lie on his bed before killing him at a close range in the presence of his wife.

The armed gangsters did not steal anything from the old man even as pleaded with them to spare his life in exchange of cash.

Assa Nyakundi on his father's death

"We are yet to come to terms with our father’s murder. He had just returned from the US after undergoing an expensive spinal surgery that cost the family Sh5 million. Why would anyone want to kill an 85-year-old man?" Assa had said about his father’s brutal murder in 2010.

The Sunday incident has left us in shock. It is double tragedy with one of our own dead and another in hospital.

Memories of our late father are still fresh in our minds and the latest incident only adds salt to injury,” the Bishop said.

Eliud defended his elder brother saying their father had raised them with Christian values, noting that Assa was also a church elder in addition to being a successful criminal lawyer.

The Bishop added that his brother had a good relationship with the son and did not believe that there was any reason that would make Assa to intentionally kill his own child.

The development came even as the autopsy report on Joseph’s body showed that he was likely killed after a confrontation with his father

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