Following the death of Benjamin Nzavi and his 11 year old daughter Tamia, who drowned at Lake Whitney in Hill County, Texas, a committee under the umbrella of Kenya Diaspora Advisory Council of Texas and comprising friends from other parts of the United States has been formed.
This committee has agreed to help facilitate Ben’s mother and brother as they attempt to get visas from Kenya and travel to attend the funerals, which are set to take place in Texas on Wednesday, May 31st.
Arrangements are ongoing, but we are appealing to our community to mobilize and help fund raise for the travel cost. We have very little time and must act quickly. Any additional funds raised above and beyond the visa and travel expenses will be used to meet the needs of Ben’s family during such a difficult time. Everyone in our community matters.
We are indivisible and united at times like this and are committed to doing whatever it takes to help Ben’s mother come to honor her son and and her granddaughter.
The committee appeals to all of us to participate in whatever way possible.
A gofundme.com account has been set up and you can follow this link to contribute https://www.gofundme.com/travelfundforngusye
To contribute via CashApp, please send to $Bensfund or follow this link https://cash.me/$Bensfund
Thank you all in advance.
The bodies of a Kenyan man and his 11-year-old daughter have been retrieved from a Texas lake where they drowned.
Benjamin Nzavi and the girl drowned at around 11.30am on Saturday morning in Lake Whitney, about 130 kilometres from the city of Dallas.
Eyewitnesses said Mr Nzavi’s daughter ran into the water to swim and went under. Her father then jumped into the water to rescue her but both never resurfaced.
Tamia John was celebrating her 11th birthday on the fateful day and was swimming with friends when she was pulled too deep by currents.
A boater called the authorities when he failed to rescue the two.
A search that began at about 2.45pm went on until nightfall and had to be called off because of poor visibility.
The search resumed on Sunday morning and divers found the bodies a few feet from each other.
The family had just moved to the area two weeks earlier and were living a short distance from the lake.
Mr Nzavi’s pregnant wife Schivvone John had arrived in the US from the UK a few weeks earlier. The couple also has a 14 month old child
Mr Nzavi was a ballistics engineer in Milford, Texas, where he was working after graduating with a degree in chemical and explosives engineering.
At the time of his death, he was pursuing a master’s degree in explosives engineering at the New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology.