A college student committed suicide after a foreigner lured her through Facebook and assaulted her, the family revealed on Monday, ending two weeks of silence.
Ms Mercy Bundi, 19, left a suicide note in which she named the man, gave details of where he assaulted her and the reasons she took her life.
â€œThe day we met was the day my problems started. He was not the man I knew on Facebook,â€ Mercy said in her suicide note.
She said she was traumatised after the man, who identified himself to her as Marco Ritz, threatened to post her naked photos online for the whole world to see.
â€œHe took my nude pics and told me if I say (sic) this to anyone he will sell them on the internet and say I am a prostitute,â€ she wrote.
Mercy was too afraid to wait for that moment. On September 12, she was found dead in her bed, a bottle of poison by her side. Her Sh3,190, the suicide note and her phone were all by her side.
Although she was born in Tanzania, she attended primary school in Kisii, joining Nyakach Girls High School but later transferring to St Michaelâ€™s School in Nakuru where she sat her KCSE exams in 2013. This year, she joined the college in Bugema, where she died.
Police are investigating the incident amid reports that there is an increase in insidious crimes that have left thousands of Kenyans suffering in silence.
Mercy joined the Facebook page, â€œLove beyond skin colour (white men and black women)â€, where she met Marco.
On September 9, he travelled to Kenya and sent money to Mercy who was then in Kampala. Marco had claimed that he was from Trittenheim but lived in Berlicht, Germany