The daughter of William Oeri, the former Daily Nation photographer who died in a road accident, has mourned her father with an emotional message.
In a short tribute posted on her Facebook page, Ms Damaris Kemunto Nyabuti, recalled how her father said goodbye to various family members discreetly as if he knew he was going to die. “You said your goodbyes in your own way yet we didn’t get the message,” Ms Nyabuti said in the message, without giving much detail.”
Oeri who was driving to Central Kenya to visit his in-laws reportedly died in a head-on collision with a tipper on the Kenol-Sagana Road. The car he was driving burst into flames, killing him on the spot.
In her message, Damaris, who is a communication specialist and CEO & Founder of Dharkemmy Corporate Communications Ltd says:
“You ran the race of life! I don’t know if you won or completed! You said your goodbyes in your own way yet we didn’t get the message. Rest easy Dad! Till we meet again! A lot was said! A lot left unsaid!
Oeri’s diary also revealed details of how he was committed to seeing his children through school and keeping his family together. In the diary recovered at the scene of the accident, the photojournalist had recorded his New Year resolutions touching on his family.
He had written a commitment and prayer to help his daughter achieve her education dreams as well as a wish that “my family heals and remains together in love”.
Oeri is also being mourned by colleagues in media, who have described him as hard worker and professional player. He worked at the Daily Nation as a photographer and later joined People Daily.