Jane Kuria and daughters Isabela and Anabelle
POWDER SPRINGS, Ga. -- Five years after a mother and her two daughters were brutally beaten to death, and her son and a cousin were left unconscious, the high profile Powder Springs case is still unsolved.
Jane Kuria and her two daughters, 19-year-old Isabela and 16-year-old Anabelle, were found dead by a family member inside their home on Country Cove Way on August 1, 2007. Kuria's 7-year-old son Jeremy and his 10-year old cousin Peter Thande were beaten unconscious. Both survived.
Njau Waira, Kuria's cousin, is trying to keep the formerly high profile case in the public's eye. "I need for the public not to forget that day," Waira said. "We don't want it to be forgotten."
Waira believes their killer is someone his cousin knew. "Maybe it's somebody we go to church with; maybe it's somebody we eat together with," he said. "If he is here, he needs to bring himself forward.
Jane Kuria fled Kenya in March of 2001 after her husband was murdered by a cultural/religious sect that also subjected her to female genital mutilation, according to her attorney Charles Kuck. The immigration lawyer who represented her in an attempt to gain asylum here said Kuria was afraid her daughters would be subjected to the same abuse.
Cobb County detectives originally investigated the possibility that the murders were in retaliation against Kuria. They have found no evidence of that possibility.
The case was highly publicized here in metro Atlanta, but it received even more publicity in Kenya, according to Waira. Waira said he went back to Kenya six months ago. "Everybody was asking 'Have you found out what happened?'" he said. "They asked 'Do the police know what happened? Who do you think did it?'"
Three days after the murder, the Kenyan Ambassador to the United States visited Marietta to be briefed by Cobb County detectives. "The crime took place only a few days ago and they gave me the impression they were on top of things," Ambassador Peter Ogego said at the time.
Five years later, Cobb County police will only say that it's an active investigation and they welcome tips. So it's up to Waira to keep the case in the public's eye. "Wouldn't anybody's family want to know who killed their loved ones?" he said. "It's as simple as that."
If you know anything about these murders call Crime Stoppers Atlanta at 404-577-TIPS(8477).
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