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Kenyan Man Killed at an Illinois Rescue Mission

Posted by Administrator on April 9, 2010

The late Theophilus K. Muia was killed during a fight in Illinois

The late Theophilus K. Muia was killed during a fight in Illinois

ROCKFORD — A Rockford man is charged with first-degree murder after police say he battered another (Kenyan) man to death during an argument at the Rockford Rescue Mission.

Deputy Chief Greg Lindmark said Fabian Hernandez, 36, of Rockford repeatedly punched and kicked a 23-year-old man Tuesday in an argument over personal property.

Theophilus K. Muia was pronounced dead at 11:40 a.m. Wednesday at SwedishAmerican Hospital from blunt force trauma to the head, Winnebago County Coroner Sue Fiduccia said.

Police responded to the incident at 2 p.m. Tuesday and found Muia unresponsive in a grassy area adjacent to the Rescue Mission building, 715 W. State St.

Rockford Rescue Mission Director Sherry Pitney said the fight started outside, away from Rescue Mission workers.

Pitney said they are cooperating with the police investigation but would not comment on how well she knew the men or how often they frequented the mission building.

“Privacy concerns and the ongoing investigation limit our ability to comment further,” Pitney said, reading from a prepared statement. 

Hernandez was initially charged with aggravated battery, but those charges were upgraded after Muia died.

Hernandez is being held in Winnebago County Jail without bond.

Reach staff writer Matt Williams at mwilliams@rrstar.com or 815-987-1389.

Copyright 2010 Rockford Register Star. Some rights reserved

20 Responses to “Kenyan Man Killed at an Illinois Rescue Mission”

  1. tugemo said

    Church leaders on Saturday came under fire from women leaders who accused the latter of misleading Kenyans on the proposed constitution.

    Ten women organizations meeting in Nairobi said the clauses on abortion and kadhis’ courts were being made “contentious” for personal reasons and should not be allowed to derail the law review.

    Led by Alice Wahome, the chairperson of Kenya League of Women Voters, and Hindia Salad of the Muslim League of Women, they expressed dismay at that the church could become the stumbling block to the new laws, yet they have been major players in the process all along.

    “They have been key to the process and we are saddened that they are not being honest. They are interpreting the provisions wrongly and spreading falsehoods. This document does not allow abortion,” said Ms Wahome.

    The organizations said the clergy were not involving women in matters that concern reproductive health and wondered for whom they were speaking.

    Ms Salad said the same church leaders had approved the same provisions in earlier constitution making processes and wondered why the change of heart.

    “Instead of offering pastoral guidance to the critical referendum stage, they are dividing us,” said Ms Salad.

    The chairperson of the National Council of Women of Kenya, Lydia Gachoya, said the constitution review process was irreversible and women were just waiting for the whistle to mobilize themselves to support the draft.

    “We cannot let go of all the gains we have as women,” she said.

  2. Hannie Mutua said

    R.I.P Kyalo

  3. irene nthenya said

    R.I.P kyalo

  4. Kennedy ndambuki said

    Theo a.k.a kapieng a.k.a kifiux,rip bro..tutakuhata msee.

  5. Samuel Nzioka said

    RIP kyalo miss u big tyme

  6. moses muendo said

    R.I.P kyalo

  7. Antony muli mutungi said

    rest in peace pieng.

  8. John Mulili said

    Kyalo you were a great friend, May the Lord rest his soul in Eternal peace.

  9. david kamau said

    R.I.P bro we will miss you

  10. Brian Opiyo said

    R.I.P Kyalo.

    we will miss you

  11. Cyrus mweu said

    R.I.P kapieng we will surely mis u.

  12. Liana said

    Dont kill the messenger….but it seems Theophilus had all you guys as his friends…I mean the people above my post who seem to have known him. Why not help him out if he was going through a rough patch as evidently he was (to be at the mission)? Why not let him have your couch for a nite, then another friend for a couple of nights…

  13. njeri said

    this is soo sad…but honestly Liana, those of us who knew him in Kenya thought he had a better life in the States.. i have just googled the mission and i still can’t believe he was going through that..rip kyalo.

  14. njeri said

    this is soo sad…but honestly Liana, those of us who knew him in Kenya thought he had a better life in the States.. i have just googled the mission and i still can’t believe he was going through that..rip kyalo.

  15. kyalo k said

    Rip man……we will surely miss you.

  16. Jimmy said

    SO SAD. RIP BRO

  17. kelly muange said

    R.I.P kyalo, a.k.a Theo.

  18. Matilda Nzioki said

    OMG! Really shocked.. RIP buddy,God loved you more.. May the Lord comfort your family

  19. Alex Mulwa said

    R.I.P Thermometer
    we will realy miss u from our primary n high school days
    Bye.

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