Ivy Wangechi the former Moi University student who was hacked to death by Naftali Kinuthia was laid to rest in Mahiga, Nyeri County.
It was left to Wangechi’s mother and brother Elvis to read her tributes.
The ceremony began at noon after pallbearers carried the body of Wangechi into Mahiga Primary for a requiem mass on Thursday.
Family sources said they expected over 1500 guests at the funeral service.
On Wednesday, residents of Nyeri Town held a night vigil in honour of Ivy that was covered extensively on various media outlets.
Ivy was killed a day to her birthday and her friends took to social media to write her this beautiful letter below.
Dearest Ivy Wangeci,
I’m so sorry for the systems and failures in our society that allowed this man to exist, the man who hacked your life away.
I’m sorry for all the gossip sites and news outlets calling him your lover, elevating him to a status undeserving of a queen like you
I’m sorry for all the slander, for all the ways people have dragged your name in the dirt. As if there’s a scale somewhere, of acceptable reasons to kill a woman.
To kill anyone. And so they come up with all sorts of stories, to justify the crime. How vile and twisted is this country? Where is the compassion? Where is the empathy?
I cannot even imagine what your family and friends are going through right now. To, first, receive this shocking news followed by the ugly stories.
I want to know about you, your hopes and dreams. I want your story and everything you stood for/hoped for/ dreamed to be what lives on.
I wouldn’t want your name to only be associated with this murderer.
Your friends love you, Ivy. They’ve told us who you were and it breaks my heart further that you won’t be here to build the world you dreamed of. The one you have worked so hard to be a part of and contribute to.
May your memory always be love.
May your memory also be justice.
Below are photos of the burial.