Family dispute delays funeral for 6-year-old stabbed by father


Just when things seemed to be settling down after the brutal stabbing of six-year-old Shirley Mundia earlier this month, news from overseas indicates a road block for the little girl’s funeral.

Vigils and prayer services were held in South Bend before Shirley’s body was transported to Kenya to finally be laid to rest. A funeral scheduled for Friday, June 21 did not occur thanks to legal steps being taken by Edward Mwaura’s father in Kenya.

Mwaura, who was found repeatedly stabbing his daughter Shirley in her apartment, was shot twice by a police officer. An autopsy conducted shortly thereafter revealed Mwaura died of those gunshot wounds, but that he also suffered a stab wound to the chest.

When his body was transported to Kenya for burial, his family had another autopsy performed. A family member told NewsCenter 16 that the autopsy conducted in Kenya confirmed Mwaura was both shot and stabbed. However, it is the chest wound that has Mwaura’s family wanting more answers.

NewsCenter 16 spoke with Mwaura’s Aunt Jane who said over the phone they had no clue what happened between Edward and Shirley, “how did Edward have stab wounds on him? Does anybody know?” she asked.

Jane and much of the family stayed in the U.S. while Mwaura’s body was buried in Kenya on Tuesday. She said they called Kenya to ask how the funeral went and asked if Shirley too had been buried. Jane said she was told “no,” because the grandfather, Mwaura’s father, wanted to do his own investigation.

Similarly, a cousin of Mwaura said the family just wants some more answers. He told NewsCenter 16 the legal action being taken is not deliberately to delay the funeral but rather so their family can try to figure out what transpired the day of the stabbing.

According to Mwaura’s family, Shirley’s mother has not reached out to them to explain the events. They claim they’ve been largely in the dark.

The individual behind the Facebook page “For Shirley Mundia” says they have been communicating with the family as they traveled to Kenya but all future media communication is to go through a South Bend attorney. That attorney was in court on Monday and was unavailable to answer questions about the Lucy Mundia’s response to the legal action.


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