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WATCH: Woman commits suicide after failing to kill children

05 February 2016, 20:52

Nairobi - A 35-year-old woman allegedly committed suicide at her Eldoret home in Kenya's Rift Valley just hours after failing to take the lives of her two young sons.

Doreen Gathure took her life after attempting to kill her sons using a knife.

According to Citizen TV, Gathure's children are currently admitted at the Moi teaching and Referral Hospital in Nairobi.

The mystery of Gathure's death started with a phone call to her husband, who, however, did not answer. From there, she proceeded to the hospital to pick up her youngest son who had been admitted and headed home with him.

It is not clear what happened thereafter.

" In the morning (Thursday), one of our neighbours came and told me that Doreen had committed suicide. We quickly rushed there to confirm and it was true, " Sara Cherotich a neighbour said.

A K24 report said that Gathure looked in deep thought a few days before her death, but she was generally "a jolly woman who was happy to get on with life despite its struggles".

Her mother-in-law, Esther Gathure expressed shock at how her daughter-in-law had died, saying she expected her to communicate if she had any problems.

Incidences of suicide have risen in Kenya in recent years, with the east African country being rated the 29th in the word, according to statistics

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