The witness narrated that contrary to the popular narrative that the victims were lynched in a case of mistaken identity, they were actually killed by people well known to them.
There were also protracted efforts by neighbours to rescue the quartet – including one civilian who shot in the air but was unsuccessful in stopping the brutal killings.
“Villagers cornered the four at dusk. There were more than 15 private vehicles at the scene. They were killed by people known to them. The four are known by the villagers. They cried for mercy from their tormentors to no avail,” a witness was quoted by Nation.
The four, two brothers Fred Mureithi, 30 and Victor Mwangi, 25, and their friends Mike George, 29, and Nicholas Musa, 28, had converged to celebrate Mwangi’s birthday when the unfortunate incident took place.
Another witness corroborated the claim that the four unsuccessfully pleaded with their killers to spare their lives.
“They went where the four were sitting and attacked them by using rungus and using spears until they died.
“They did not resist and even issued the villagers with contacts they would use to contact for easy identification. The villagers, however, heard none of it,” a witness narrated.
Their motorbikes and personal documents were also torched.
Another witness narrated that the four were killed by people known to them. He added that a civilian gun owner had to shoot in the air to disperse the irate crowd.
Police officers arrived at 11pm to collect the bodies. By this time, however, the culprits had already left. Their bodies were taken to city mortuary and marked as unknown.
The two brothers lived in a palatial home left to them by their mother Lucy Wanjiru who currently lives in the United Kingdom.
So inconsolable was Wanjiru when she heard of the demise of her only two children that she had to be hospitalised.
The brother’s uncle, Joseph Macharia, stated that Mwangi as a graphic designer while his brother Mureithi was a sound engineer.
“They were working and their mother always supported them financially. Mwangi was in charge of an ongoing construction project next to their house.
“They loved speed motorcycles and sometimes they would party during the weekend which is normal for young people,” Macharia stated.