The parents of Kenyan national, Lorraine Kerubo Ogoti, 30, who was killed by her 40-year-old boyfriend in Canada on January 11, have revealed that their daughter had not told them that she was dating.
Police found Kerubo, a mother of one, fatally stabbed inside an eight-floor apartment building on Birchmount Road, near St. Clair Avenue in Scarborough, Toronto.
Police told Kerubo’s parents that a 40-year-old man, who was found dead on the sidewalk outside the same apartment building where Lorraine Ogoti was found, was their daughter’s boyfriend.
Police said that his cause of death was “blunt force trauma.” Officers are not searching for any other suspects in the incident.
“She never disclosed it to us,” Kerubo’s father, George Ogoti, told Canada’s CTV News Toronto.
“Maybe it was too soon in the relationship or she wanted to tell us, like a surprise, later on.”
“It’s very hard to imagine that someone can just come and snap life out of your own child. Someone we do not know, someone who just came into our life, maybe a few months ago. Indeed we are very angry,” Kerubo’s mother, Anne Ogoti, said.
Kerubo’s sister, Linda Oduor, who lives in the US, says her [Kerubo’s] son has not been informed about Kerubo’s death.
“He doesn’t really know what is going on since he is very young but he has noticed that a lot of people are home,” Oduor told Canada’s CTV News Toronto.
“All he wonders is why everyone is so quiet and he wonders why his grandmother is always crying.”
Kerubo’s parents arrived in Canada on Thursday, January 17 to take her remains to Kenya.
“It was very difficult, but we had to come … and pick up the remains of our daughter,” her mother, Anne Ogoti, told CTV News Toronto on Thursday.
“Today [Thursday] we go to the funeral home to see the body, maybe choose a casket.”
According to family, Lorraine moved to Canada about a year ago to seek employment opportunities. She has been described as a “go-getter” who made friends easily.
“Lorraine was a very outgoing person. Very humble, very amiable,” her mother said.
“She was very hospitable and she was kind. And she loved her son very much. Everything that she would have she would really like to share with him.”
Anne Ogoti said that her daughter was planning on returning to Kenya to visit her 4-year-old son, Moses, in the New Year.
She also said that Lorraine had intended on bringing her son to Canada when she was able.
“She was saying, in the future, when she has settled down, she would very much like her son to join her,” Anne Ogoti said.
Lorraine Ogoti’s parents said they have forgiven the person responsible for their daughter’s death, but are still confused about the circumstances leading up to the murder.
The Ogoti family flew into Pearson International Airport Thursday morning and was met by Phyl Durdey, the CEO of Flightline Training Services.
After watching CTV News Toronto’s interview with Lorraine’s sister last week, Durdey offered to assist the family in bringing the remains back to Kenya.
Air Canada and Airroute Cargo are assisting Durdey in transporting the remains.
The grieving family members said they are grateful for the assistance.
The family will attend a funeral service for Lorraine Ogoti in Toronto before taking the body back to Nairobi, where a second service will be held.
The family has set up a GoFundMe campaign to help cover the costs of both funeral services.