In a tragic turn of events, a beloved Catholic priest, who faithfully served as a parish priest at St. Peter’s Church in Ruai, has been reported as deceased after a distressing incident that unfolded at a hotel in Murang’a County. The sudden and untimely passing of Fr. Joseph Kariuki Wanjiku, a 43-year-old clergyman, has sent shockwaves through the community he served.
According to a detailed police report, Fr. Joseph Kariuki Wanjiku checked into the hotel on a fateful Friday night, accompanied by a 32-year-old woman, whose identity remains undisclosed. The report identified her as his girlfriend, who interestingly was also his colleague at their shared workplace in Ruai. The connection between these two individuals adds an unexpected dimension to this tragic story.
The incident took a distressing turn the following morning. At approximately 8 am on Saturday, the concerned woman informed the hotel’s management that Fr. Kariuki had suddenly become dizzy and lost consciousness. Alarmed by his condition, they swiftly sought medical assistance, rushing him to the nearby Kenol hospital. However, the situation took a devastating turn when, upon arrival, medical professionals declared the esteemed priest dead. Tragically, he had passed away even before reaching the hospital, still inside his black Toyota Harrier motor vehicle.
Authorities who responded to the scene were met with a distressing sight. Fr. Kariuki’s lifeless body was discovered, partially covered by a hotel bed sheet. The gravity of the situation was further compounded by the presence of white foam oozing from his mouth and nose, indicating a potential medical emergency or a disturbing set of circumstances surrounding his death.
In light of this shocking incident, the authorities have taken immediate action. Fr. Kariuki’s body has been transferred to the Mater Hospital mortuary in Nairobi, where it will undergo an autopsy to determine the precise cause of his untimely demise. This crucial examination aims to shed light on the circumstances surrounding his passing, bringing a sense of closure to his grieving family, friends, and the wider community.
The news of Fr. Joseph Kariuki Wanjiku’s sudden death has undoubtedly left a void in the hearts of the parishioners he faithfully ministered to in St. Peter’s Church. Known for his dedication, compassion, and unwavering commitment to his calling, Fr. Kariuki was a respected figure in the community. He leaves behind a lasting legacy of service, faith, and love that will be cherished by those whose lives he touched.
As the investigation into this heartbreaking incident continues, the community, along with the Catholic Church, mourns the loss of a devoted priest, reflecting on the immeasurable impact he had on the lives of those he shepherded. Fr. Kariuki’s memory will forever be held dear, as his spirit lives on in the hearts and minds of those who were fortunate enough to have crossed paths with him during his time on Earth. May his soul find eternal peace and may his loved ones find solace in the memories of his profound and selfless contributions.