November 18, 2018

Kenyan couple found dead in New Jersey

Henry and Lydiah Okongo. The couple was found dead in apparent murder-suicide. [courtesy]

A Kenyan couple living in Jersey City, NJ in the US was killed in an apparent murder-suicide on Monday morning according to authorities, reports the Jersey Journal.

Henry Okongo, 51 was found at the basement of 2 Mina Drive home with a gunshot wound to his head while his wife, 40-year old Lydiah Okongo was found on the first floor of the home with multiple gunshots in her head and torso according to Hudson County Prosecutor Esther Suarez.

A gun was found near Henry’s body.

At the time of their murder, their two young children were inside the home, authorities further indicate.

The two children, a boy, 3, and a girl, 1 were taken to Jersey City Medical Center for evaluation, said the authorities.

Friends said that they two had been married. Henry moved to the United States about 20 years ago and set up a laundromat on Martin Luther King Drive in Jersey.

Lydiah on the other hand, worked as a nurse

Their murder however, has shocked neighbours and friends who say that they did not expect such because the two were “lovely people”.

The Jersey Journal further states that records show Henry was the owner of the property where they were found dead.

Henry’s brother once lived at the home where the couple was found dead but later moved to North Carolina according to friends. They also said that the couple had a third child, a girl aged 10.

Regional Medical Examiner will present a report to the authorities determining the official cause and manner of death of the Okongos.

Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office has asked anyone with information to call 201-915-1345 or leave an anonymous tip on the Hudson County Prosecutor’s website. The prosecutor’s office has pledged to keep all information that trickles in confidential.

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