Worshipers find human body in church, note remains will be cremated

The man allegedly said in a note that he had committed suicide for inability to repay his debts. [File, Standard]

On Saturday January 8, residents of Homa Bay Town were shocked to come across the body of a mobile money agent at a local church.

Joshua Odoyo Nyariera’s body was found inside Oneno Nam Roho Msalaba Church at Shauri Yako’s Estate by worshipers who arrived for a morning communion.

His body was found hanging from a sisal rope tied to the roof of the church.

Residents at the scene where Joshua Odoyo’s body was found on Saturday, January 8, 2022. [James Omoro, Standard]

It is suspected that 23-year-old Odoyo committed suicide, as a note was found at the scene.

Odoyo operated an M-Pesa store in Homa Bay Town. In the note, written in the Luo language, he reportedly stated that he had decided to end his life due to his inability to pay off his debts.

Odoyo reportedly said that some of his creditors threatened to sue him and “send me to jail”.

“I can’t afford a lawyer and my parents can’t help me pay off the debts. I am afraid of being imprisoned. As a result, I chose to end my life, ”he reportedly said in the note.

The note also stated that Odoyo’s remains would be cremated and the ashes buried in his parents’ compound.

In the note, Odoyo is said to have asked his family to take care of his young wife.

The deceased was a member of Oneno Nam Roho Msalaba Church, but had stopped fellowship there six months ago.

Church elder Benson Oyieng said The standard that they saw Odoyo inside the church on Wednesday January 5.

Arujo’s deputy chief Jackton Olielo confirmed the incident to The standard.

Odoyo’s body was transferred to the mortuary of the Homa Bay County Teaching and Referral Hospital.

Jerry B. Hatch