Kenyan woman crushed by train in Vienna, Austria to be cremated

Lucy Atieno Hareter
Lucy Atieno Hareter. [Photo courtesy]

The family of Lucy Atieno Hareter, a Kenyan woman based in Vienna, Austria who committed suicide have okayed plans to cremate her remains.

The deceased allegedly jumped in front of a train. She had just called police officers in her area before taking her life. She informed them that she would commit suicide.

A police report indicates that Atieno was crushed by a train at the Bahnhof Atzgersdorf train station on July 5.

James Aukoa, Atieno’s brother said that he was informed by police in Vienna that her sister took away her life following hard times which saw her business collapse.

“In her calls to the police and her friend, she said life had become difficult after her business went down and that she was no longer able to cater for her needs and those of her siblings who kept on requesting her for money back home,” Auka stated.

An officer from Vienna police department said that Atieno’s body was taken to Wien Bestatting Funeral home.

“Her body is at the Wien Bestatting Funeral home and Crematorium in Vienna and this is where she will be cremated,” an officer in Vienna said.

Her ashes will be flown back to Kenya after her cremation. A befitting burial ceremony will then be held at their home in Seme Kisumu County.
Atieno’s death adds to a growing list of Kenyans taking away their lives while abroad.

Last year, several Kenyan students abroad committed suicide while others died mysteriously.

Three Kenyans mysteriously died in Germany last year. Martin Moto, alias Berlin’s boy was found at an underground train station while that of a 15-year-old girl only identified as Britney was found dead.

Still in Germany, Rita Awuor who had been reported missing for days was found dead and her body dumped in a forest in April 2019.