Kenyan Teen Killed By Alleged Robbery Accomplice In The USA

Franklin Wainaina Thuo with his parents. [PHOTO/ COURTESY]

On Saturday at around 5pm, Soon Ja Nam, the Puyallup store owner in the US, received two visitors in her store, who would eventually take out her money and life.

The visitors, who were teens armed with guns demanded money from Nam, which they were given. One of the robbers, after receiving the cash, followed Nam to her office and shot her dead.

The robbers drove away in a Nissan Sentra, which was associated with a 16-year-old boy of Kenyan origin, Franklin Wainaina Thuo.

On Monday, the body of Thuo was found washed up on the shoreline at Chinook Landing Marina along Marine View Drive in northeast Tacom.

Police said that the body had suffered several gunshot wounds, indicating that he could have been shot by his partner, and his body dumped.

The Nissan Sentra he was driving was found near the scene of his death.

Police confirmed that Thuo was one of the suspects in Nam’s murder.

His accomplice, also 16 years old, was arrested on Wednesday in the parking lot of Northeast Tacoma at about 7:30 a.m.

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Tacoma Police is leading the investigation of the death of the 16-year-old, but could not say if the other 16-year-old is a suspect.

Following the demise of the lad, the family announced his death to friends in the US, but did not indicate the cause.

“We regret to announce the sudden death of Franklin Wainaina Thuo of Federal Way. Franklin passed way yesterday. Family and friends will be meeting daily at 32613 18th PL SW, WA 98023 to plan for his memorial and burial programs. Your presence, prayers and financial support will be appreciated. To God be the glory,” read the announcement.

The Nissan Sentra that was used by suspects in the murder was found on Southwest 326th Street in Federal Way Sunday dumped along the roadway with license plates removed.

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Written by Francis Muli

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  1. Hello, shouldn’t the address be removed from this public forum? I mean, wouldn’t the family share the address of where the vigil might be held at privately, and not have it posted on the world wide web? Also, maybe considering the safety and privacy of the family, the photo probably shouldn’t be posted on here too.

  2. What about the family, friends and the community here in the USA ?? We lost a beloved woman who gave back to us all…

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