A fellow athlete said Ngetich was caught in a dispute between ethnic groups Monday in Trans Mara, on the outskirts of Kenya’s Masai Mara game reserve. The death had nothing to do with the election violence, said William Yiampoy, a neighbor and one of Kenya’s top 800-meter runners.By this logic, people mistakenly killed by drive-by shootings are not victims of gang violence.
“It’s not true he died because of the election violence in Kenya,” Yiampoy told The Associated Press, citing eyewitnesses in their village. He said a man from Ngetich’s tribe had shot a boy with an arrow, and the other group was avenging the attack. Ngetich was hit accidentally, Yiampoy said.
It's just sad to see Kenyan locals try and rationalize which kinds of lethal violence are exceptional and which are normal.