Fundraiser for Murder-Suicide Kenyan-American victim

Friday, April 10, 2015
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Minnesota Kenyans and friends will gather tomorrow, April 11, to raise funds to send the body of one of their own, Esther Nyambura Muchina-Dobie, to Kenya for burial.

Nyambura was a victim of a murder-suicide. Savage Police believe her husband, Rodney Terrell Dobie, 41, used a 9mm Glock handgun to shoot her once in the head, and then fatally shot himself in the head as well.

According to the authorities, police on March 30 went to the couple’s home after Nyambura’s employer requested them to check up on her as she had not shown up for work, which the workplace described as unusual. She was last seen leaving work on March 28.

According to police, when they arrived at the couple’s home, they found one garage door of a three-stall garage was open, and the service door between the garage and the home was unsecured.  Police entered the home and found the couples’ bodies in a bedroom.

Savage Police Sgt. Michael Schiltz said neighbors said they did not know the couple well as “they mostly kept to themselves.” They had lived at the residence for fifteen months.  There has been one police call to the residence while the Dobies were living there for a barking dog complaint, according to Savage police.

Government records show the two were married on September 26, 2009. The two did not have any offspring together, according to friends.

Nyambura’s death has shocked the Minnesota Kenya community which has fresh memories of another death last year, when young Brian Okemwa Gitenya, who had just graduated from college, was assaulted in Dallas and died. He was in Dallas to celebrate his graduation from Nursing school.

It can cost upwards of $15,000 to send a deceased’s body home.

Nyambura’s fundraiser will be held at Brooklyn Junior High School, 7377 Noble Avenue N., Brooklyn Park, MN 55443 starting at 4pm. Donations can also be deposited at Wellsfargo Bank.

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About Tom Gitaa

Tom is the President and Publisher of Mshale and chair of the Minnesota Multicultural Media Consortium (MMMC). As Mshale founder, he did a lot of the reporting during the humble beginnings of the newspaper. While he still does the occasional reporting, he now concentrates on the publishing side of the news operation.Tom was also the original host of Talking Drum, the signature current affairs show on the African Broadcasting Network (ABN-America), which was available nationwide in the United States via the DishNetwork satellite service. On the show, he interviewed Nobel laureates such as 2004 Nobel Peace prize winner, Professor Wangari Maathai, the first woman from Africa to win the peace prize and heads of states such as the president of  The Gambia, Yahya Jammeh at State House, Banjul. Tom has previously served in the board of directors of Global Minnesota, the sixth largest World Affairs Council in the United States. He has also previously served as President of the Board of Directors of Books for Africa, the largest shipper of donated books to Africa and. He sits on the board of the United Nations Association.