An LGBTQ activist in Kenya whose body was found in a trunk last week has been suffocated, with socks found in his mouth, a government official said Wednesday following an autopsy.
The body of Edwin Chiloba, a 25-year-old designer and model, was seen on January 4 in a box on the side of the street in the western Rift Valley.
“According to our sources, he died of asphyxiation caused by suffocation,” Johansen Oduor told a press meeting after the autopsy.
“He suffered from what is called cyanosis. When you look at his fingernails, they were bluish, indicating that he was lacking in oxygen when he died,” Johansen Oduor continued, claiming that socks were found in the victim’s mouth.
Five people have been arrested in connection with the murder. Among these suspects is Jacktone Odhiambo, a freelance photographer, who according to press reports was a lover of Edwin Chiloba and who is accused of having killed him.