Garissa - A 19-year-old man who was among the 148 people killed by al-Shabaab militants at Garissa University was an only child.
Jeff Minjire Macharia was the only child of Irene Wairimu and James Minjire, who live in Munyange village Othaya, Nyeri County.
Wairimu is currently at a Nairobi hospital due to shock after she received reports that her son was among the dead.
Jeff was in his first year in campus pursuing a degree in Information Technology and Computer Sciences at Garissa University College.
When Wairimu gave birth to Minjire, doctors discovered that she had a severe congenital heart problem and advised her against having more children.
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Jeff’s uncle, Samuel Githige described Jeff as hardworking, social, faithful and indeed the love of the extended family.
“He was loved by all in the village. We have suffered a big blow since he was the only child to his parents and also their hope. His father had taken a bank loan to finance his education. But has all gone down to earth,” said Githige as tears flowed down his cheeks.
He noted that Jeff had lived in Gariss for less than a year, having joined the campus in November, last year.
When the media visited the family at their home, Jeff’s father and other relatives were identifying the body at Nairobi Chiromo Mortuary.