A somber mood has engulfed Nyangu Village in Kothidha Location within Homa Bay Sub-County after a father and his five-year-old son were found dead.
The bodies of a 35-year-old Calvince Okello who was a teacher in Migori County and his son Charles Norbert were found in separate places within the village.
It is reported that Okello’s body was found dangling from the roof of a church in the village, while the son’s was found in a sugar plantation with visible marks on the neck.
Confirming the incident, the area Chief of Kothidha location John Omamo said that the father and the son had left home on Monday for a walk in the village, only to be found dead the following day, adding that the intention was to take a walk in the village then return home afterwards but it was not the case.
“The family became concerned when the two failed to return in the evening. His two wives called him and he promised to return home soon but he did not,” Omamo explained.
Efforts by the family to reach him later were futile.
The two disappeared until Tuesday morning when their bodies were found by residents who were searching for them.
The administrator said that Okello seemed to have committed suicide by hanging himself inside a church with a rope.
“His body was found dangling on the roof of a church by the residents. Later, the body of his son was found in a nearby sugarcane plantation. He had some injuries on the neck, indicating that he might have been strangled,” said the chief.
It is believed that Okello killed his son before hanging himself inside the church.
The reason behind the incidents has not been established yet, however, it is suspected to be a result of domestic issues, according to the chief.
What caused confusion is that Okello killed the son of his second wife whom he had no differences with.
“The teacher had differences with his first wife but he killed the child of his second wife with whom he had been living with peacefully. This makes it difficult to ascertain the exact reason behind the ordeal,” Omamo said.
Homa Bay Sub-County Directorate of Criminal Investigations Officer Monica Berege said they had launched investigations into the incident.
The bodies were moved to Homa Bay County Referral Hospital morgue.