Norah Borus, a top 2013 Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) student was on Friday found dead at her residence in Stanford University in the United States of America.
Ms Borus sat her KCSE exam at Precious Blood Secondary School, Riruta, and joined California-based Stanford University to study engineering. She was the fourth best student nationally.Family spokesperson Mr Joseph Maswan said some family members had traveled to the US to establish the circumstances surrounding her death.
University President Marc Tessier-Lavigne and provost Persis Drell also confirmed the death in a campus-wide email.
The university president and provost added, “…deep, sustained conversation is needed about how the university can best provide the resources and necessary support for the physical, mental and emotional well being of all members of our campus community.”
Borus’s death is the fourth reported at the prestigious Stanford this year. The university is currently in the middle of Commencement Weekend where would-be graduates hold festivities.
The university’s Vice Provost for Student Affairs Susie Brubaker-Cole confirmed the death in an email to the students, saying they were ‘not in a position to share the identity of the student’.
“We have lost another member of our student community. Police this afternoon have confirmed the death of an undergraduate co-term student who was found in a residence on campus,” Brubaker-Cole said.
The police in the US said they have launched investigations to establish the cause of Ms Borus’ death.
“There is no safety threat to the campus community, investigations have commenced to establish circumstances surrounding her death,” said the police in a statement.