September 18, 2019

Kenyan man, 41, assaulted by teens 4 years ago in US is dead

Mike Wasike on a wheelchair. He was assaulted by three teenagers 2013 and suffered brain damage. [courtesy]

A Kenyan man who has been living at a care facility in Des Moines, US following a brutal attack by teens in 2013 has died.

Forty one-year old Mike Wasike passed on this week, reports Nairobi News.

Wasike was beaten up by a group of teens on February 28 2013 in a snowy street and left unconscious. He sustained major injuries including brain damage.

For several years, Wasike who was working as a credit analyst at Wells Fargo remained on a feeding tube.

He was discharged from hospital and taken to a rehabilitation centre at Oklahoma in 2015 before he moved to a care centre the same year.

The assailants, three teens were arrested in connection with the incident and were all jailed.

One of them, Terrance Cheeks, Jr was convicted in 2014 on two counts of first-degree robbery. He was handed a 50-year prison sentence for both counts. He will be eligible for parole after serving about 35 years.

The same sentence was passed for Leshaun Murray who was convicted with first-degree robbery in the case. He is eligible for parole upon serving 25 years of his sentence.

The third suspect, Kenneth Barry was sentenced to 20 years in prison and he is required to serve about 7 years before being considered for parole.

The deceased’s wife Joan Namachemo said she will miss her husband.

“I’m just going to miss Mike’s smile and talking to him. I’m going to miss him,” she said.

Namachemo said her late husband’s wish was that he be buried in Kenya.

“…I’m just asking for them to stand with me during this time to see Mike off and get him to his final resting place.”

A fundraiser has been organized at the Imani Family Church where it will go down after a memorial service on Saturday.