Mediamax Network Limited journalist George Kori was on Wednesday laid to rest at their home in Gatura in a send-off graced by family, local leaders and members of the fourth estate.
The 34-year-old Kori, who worked for K24 and Kameme TV, was found dead in a farm near his home on May 24, days after he was reported missing by his family.
Nakuru Governor Lee Kinyanjui paid glowing tribute to the late Kori, saying it was a big blow to the county and residents who depended on him to highlight in the media local events and issues affecting the community.
"There is no sector that is complete without the media industry. Kori's death is a big blow to all of us as a county. His reports served as pointers on the needs of the people and prompted action from the government," said Kinyanjui.
The governor highlighted the need to address rising cases of suicides, especially among the youth.
Kinyanjui said that Molo Sub-County accounts for more than half the suicide cases reported in Nakuru.
"It is disheartening to see such promising lives lost. Depression is a disease like any other and it is unfortunate it does not exhibit symptoms like other illnesses. We shall partner with other stakeholders in raising mental health awareness in Molo and other affected areas," said Kinyanjui.
The governor also pointed out that men seem to be less likely to seek medical help when suffering from depression.
"In our African traditions, men are brought up in a way to stand strong even when they are depressed. This leads them to their early graves unlike women who speak out and get assistance in time," he said.
Similar sentiments were also expressed by Molo MP Kimani who urged men to adopt better health-seeking behaviour by not suffering in silence.
"Kori's death should open our eyes to see the reality of depression among our families. If we continue hiding our pains we shall continue to bury our sons and fathers," said Kuria.
Several ward representatives, Elburgon's Njuguna Mwaura and Molo's Michael Njoroge, also attended the funeral, highlighting the need to prioritise mental health in policy planning and budgeting.
Kori's family described him as an obedient son who supported his family.