Edgar Odongo, the best student in the country in the 2012 Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) has died.
Odongo who recently graduated from Yale University died hours after he was allegedly attacked by unknown assailants.
According to a close family member, the deceased passed on yesterday at 10 pm while undergoing treatment at the Jaramogi Oginga Odinga Teaching and Referral Hospital (JOOTRH).
He was taken to the facility from Homa Bay County Referral Hospital with deep cuts and bruises in his body.
Yesterday, family members were still in shock as they recounted the last moments they shared with him.
His mother was too distraught to talk at the JOOTRH morgue before they transferred his body back to Homa Bay at Kitiro mortuary.
"I am in pain mourning my son and I do not want media coverage. I am appealing that you let us mourn in peace," his mother said.
Other family members however recounted how a good samaritan had picked him at Ogongo in Homa Bay with injuries on the day he was attacked.
They said that he left his house at around 8 pm to go for a short walk.
Little did he know that his bright future would be cut short in the unfortunate incident.
Dan Okech, a brother-in-law said that they only learnt about his death from a family friend who found him along the road after the attack.
"I was shocked when a friend was informing me that he had died. I couldn't believe it since I spoke to him recently," he said.
Social media was still awash as Kenyans mourned an academic hero who was hoping to start his career as an electric engineer.
Elizabeth Akinyi, a step-sister said they have lost a bright boy and described his death as heartbreaking.
"Death has robbed us. Edgar was a very hardworking boy full of respect and we did not imagine losing him this early. As a family, we are appealing with the police to launch investigations to arrest and charge whoever attacked him," she said.
He was an alumnus of Maseno Boys High School.