May 28, 2008, in Nairobi, Kenya
Keegan, a New Zealand-born photojournalist was found dead in a trench next to
Kenyan police spokesman Eric Kiraithe told CPJ that investigators believed Keegan was killed in a robbery attempt. Police said that Keegan's camera and laptop were missing, but his wallet, with 3,848 Kenyan shillings (US$48), was left intact. Police arrested two men; one was acquitted at trial and the other continued to face charges in late year.
The photographer, last seen at 9:30 p.m. on May 27 after visiting a friend, was found with multiple injuries to the back of the head. According to colleagues who visited the crime scene, Keegan's body had been dragged into a concealed area in the ditch.
Some friends and colleagues were skeptical of the robbery motive. Several told CPJ that an external hard drive and discs--which Keegan would have used for his work--were not on the police inventory of items found in the journalist's
Prior to his death, Keegan had told friends via e-mail that he was investigating a land dispute in northern
Keegan had lived in western
Motive Unconfirmed: CPJ is investigating to determine whether the death was work-related.
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