“From her first year, I would tell her to model but she would say, no I can’t, I’m very shy,” Sr. Agnes recalls.
“Jesca’s death is so heartbreaking. She is a flower snatched without its maturity; a dream shattered. We have lost a very nice girl as Tangaza community and CLM,” says the Kenyan-born nun.
For Emmanuel Ojo who met Jesca two years ago, she was a “lively person with a genuine smile.”
“I will miss her smile. She was always smiling,” Emmanuel says and recalls receiving the news of Jesca’s demise saying, “When I heard the news, I texted her thinking it was false information and I was waiting for her to reply but she didn’t. I was so confused.”
“She was smiling in all her pictures. I looked at them and it was so painful,” says Emmanuel.
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“There is nothing we can do other than to accept. She was still young but only God knows best and the future of every one of us. We pray for the family.” he adds.
Millicent Dorcas Kajimba who has followed courses with Jesca told ACI Africa that her late colleague and friend was “a jovial, loving and very hardworking.”
“You could see leadership in her and she was going to make a change and transformation in her county,” Millicent adds.
“My heart is saddened. My heart is bleeding. What a kind loving soul gone too soon. I find it hard to believe you are no more. It will take me time to accept the truth. RIP darling,” Millicent mourns her friend.
On social media, Jesca was eulogized by friends who had interacted with her and called for justice.
“Life is sacred and No one has power to take it other than God. I condemn this kind of atrocity. They never deserved this kind of death; may God rest their souls in eternal peace. Shine with angels.” John Abdud posted, calling on security agencies to bring to book the perpetrators of this heinous act.
“Rest in peace sweet girl. Nothing could stop you from pursuing your dreams..... (not) even Covid-19. Unfortunately, some evil being chose to shatter your dreams and to end your life mercilessly. Truly sad,” Sr. Jacinta Ondeng posted.
“We are all devastated and speechless. Jesca was an amazing and exceptional friend and classmate. We pray that her soul may rest in peace.... We are missing you dear one, we are missing you,” Christopher Ondo eulogized in a Facebook post.
Diid Mpenda Amani posted in reference to those killed alongside Jesca, “Their only mistake was coming back from town after spending their day in the town. They are unarmed, why kill these young promising souls? Your perpetrators will have no peace. Rest in peace buddies.”
“Jessica my friend, my classmate, my church mate you left a gap in our hearts. We talked before you were killed; I wish death would at least notify that you are going for me to bid goodbye but I know you are in a safe place, heaven,” Aggmum Lesurmat posted and added, “For your killers, God will give them double pain more than we experience, rest in peace.”
A contingent of security officers was deployed to the area to hunt down the suspected bandits, local media in Kenya has reported.