Gichaba death: Family announces visitation and funeral arrangements

Thursday, November 12, 2015
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There will be a visitation today (November 12) for Henry Gichaba, a Kenyan-American that was found dead in his apartment on November 3 by Robbinsdale police responding to a welfare check call from a concerned relative, as first reported by Mshale.  A funeral and memorial service that will double up as a fundraiser for funeral expenses will be held at the Kenya Community Church in Brooklyn Center on Sunday, November 15 at 4:00PM.

The visitation will be at First Memorial Funeral Chapel in Brooklyn Park from 4:30pm to 8:00pm. It is located at 7835 Brooklyn Blvd, Brooklyn Park, MN 55445.

Robbinsdale Police Chief Jim Franzen had told Mshale last week that “There was nothing to suggest foul play,” after Gichaba’s body was found and that the Hennepin County medical Examiner will give the cause of death later.

In an email announcement about the visitation, family said this week that “from the autopsy report the cause of death was confirmed as being a blood clot in the artery of the heart.”

A spokeswoman from the medical Examiner however told Mshale this morning (Nov.12) that “we are not ready to provide the cause of death at this time as it is undetermined.” It is not unusual for the medical examiner to provide preliminary results to the family of the deceased. “Whatever they (family) might be stating as the cause of death is inconclusive from our end,” the medical examiner spokeswoman said. Conclusive results can take up to a month, she said.

Chief Franzen told Mshale this morning that the case remains open “as we have not yet received a report from the medical examiner’s office which can take sometime.” He said the department will determine how to proceed once it receives the report.

Family plans to cremate his remains. He is survived by his estranged wife, Jackie and two sons, Taylor and Trevor.

Those unable to make it to the Sunday memorial/fundraiser and wish to donate can do so at the following:

Wells Fargo Bank
Henry Gichaba Memorial Trust
Routing # : 091000019
Account # 5717336720



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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.