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Kenyan MP’s Son Dies in the US After Drowning in Swimming Pool

Ikolomani Member of Parliament Bernard Shinali’s first-born son has a passed away in the United States.

35-year-old Chris Atema reportedly drowned in a swimming pool in Arizona on Friday afternoon while attempting to rescue a young girl of Canadian descent from suffocating in water.

Doctors said the girl Atema was trying to rescue was taken to hospital after divers removed her from the pool and is in a stable condition. Divers did not manage to save Atema’s life as it was too late.

Until he met his death, Atema was serving in the US Army as a marine soldier and was reportedly on holiday with his family when the incident happened.

Atema’s wife is nine months pregnant and was expected to deliver before the end of this week.

MP Shinali’s elder brother Robert Ayisi said the family cannot explain the death of their son at the moment.

“We received the news about his death from a relative who works with him in the Navy. Masaka stays and works in Illinois State but had traveled to Arizona for a holiday with his family when he met his sudden death,” said Ayisi.

Plans are underway to have the deceased’s body airlifted to Kenya for burial.

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