Thursday, April 5, 2012

Kenyan man dies of Cardiac arrest in Worcester, Massachusetts



The Late Jackson (Kere) Weru, a Kenyan national in Worcester who passed away on Friday last week. Pic/ FAMILY FILE
The Late Jackson (Kere) Weru, a Kenyan national in Worcester who passed away on Friday last week. Pic/ FAMILY FILE
WORCESTER, Mass., _A Kenyan man passed away last Friday in Worcester, Massachusetts after what family sources described as cardiac arrest.
Jackson (Kere) Weru was found dead at his sister’s apartment at 3 Perry Ave St. Apt 32 in Worcester on Friday morning. He was 43 years old.
Speaking to AjabuAfrica on the phone, Weru’s niece, Vivian Wangari said that the late Kiarie spent the night at his sister’s apartment.  However, when he did not wake up as expected in the morning, his sister decided to check on him.
“My aunt opened the door to the bedroom and saw him lying down looking really sick. We then called 911 immediately,” said Vivian Wangari.
After several attempts to resuscitate him, emergency crew rushed him to the St. Vincent’s Hospital in downtown Worcester where he was pronounced dead on arrival,” added Vivian.
After the unexpected death, shocked family and friends started meeting at the late Weru’s sister’s apartment for prayers and burial planning.

According to the family, parents of the late Kenyan in Kenya were pleading for help to have the body repatriated back home for burial as they try to achieve some closure on the loss of their beloved son. The family is appealing to Kenyans and well-wishers to help them raise about $15,000 needed to ship the body back home for burial.
“Unfortunately, Kere did not have life insurance and we as a family do not have enough funds to send the body back home. We are appealing to Kenyans and friends for help,” said his sister, Catherine Weru.
A memorial service and funds drive event has been planned to take place on Sunday April 8, 2012 at 26 Guilford St, Worcester, MA from 3pm to 6pm.
“We all need to now step up as Kenyans and chip in a little to help this family get funds to send the body back home to honor the desires of the late Kere’s parents. Our social problems are still with us and they are not ending anytime soon,” said Charles Ngeene, organizing secretary of the New England Kenyan Welfare association ( NEKWA) that  had planned to launch in Worcester next week to set up a burial benevolence fund for such deaths in the community  before the unfortunate death struck.
“This is why we as Kenyans need to put our past differences aside in good faith and join hands to make the new welfare organization strong to take care of such unexpected situation of life,” he added.
The welfare organization will launch on Saturday April 14 at the Crown Plaza Hall (Ghanaian Community hall) on 90 Stafford Street in Worcester.
“I think this organization is a very good one for Kenyans as we have now seen this can happen to anyone just like it has happened to Weru,” said the late Kenyan’s cousin, Wallace Gitonga.
The late Weru hailed from Makongeni area of Nairobi city.  He attended Jericho High school in Nairobi before immigrating to the US in 1996 and settled in the city of Worcester MA.
He lives behind his parents, Geoffrey and Unnah Weru of Kenya, brother to Catherine, James (Mwanish), Charles (Wanjo), Winnie and the late Annah Weru. Kere was also the beloved cousin to Esther Karanja, Gitonga, Ngash and Lore Nduati, and uncle to lots of nephews and nieces all from Worcester, MA.
A memorial service and a fund raiser will be held on Sunday, April 8th, 2012 at: 26 Guilford St, Worcester, MA from 3pm to 6pm. 
May the Lord keep his soul in eternal peace.
Funeral funds Donations to be sent to: Digital Credit Union (DCU):
Account Name: Vivian Wangari
Account Number: 13160544
Routing Number: 211391825
For more information, please contact:
James Mwaniki Weru(508) 353-9746
Catherine Weru:          (508) 736-4472
Vivian Wangari:          (508) 308-6643
Charles Wanjohi:         (508) 991-9888
Wallace Gitonga (Worcester):  (508) 868-0962
Esther Karanja:         (508) 685-0974
Lore (Worcester):       (774) 437-0732

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