Powder Springs community rallies around teen

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Jeremy Kuria is a survivor of a horrific family tragedy. In August 2007, at his family’s Powder Springs home, his mother Jane Kuria and two sisters, 19-year-old Isabela and 16-year-old Anabelle, were murdered. Police said they were beaten to death in their beds during the middle of the night. Jeremy, who was 7 years old at the time, was also beaten but survived. As did a 10-year-old cousin.

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Jeremey now lives with a grandmother in Kenya. But hard times have fallen on the 17-year-old again. Doctors there recently removed a tumor from his brain and the Kenyan community of Atlanta, which was so supportive of his family after the triple homicide, is rallying now to help pay the costs according to his uncle.

“To see if we can fundraise to offset this bill. We are in tune of about $50,000 right now. Which we don’t have. And for Jeremy to get further treatment, this bill has to be paid,” Njau Waira, Jeremy’s uncle said.

Nearly, 11 years later, police have been unable to make an arrest and the case has grown cold. But the Kenyan community has not forgotten.

“You can’t stop hurting,” Waira said. “We would like to know who did it and why. It’s a sad affair.”


The family said Jeremy will travel to Atlanta, where doctors at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta will evaluate him for further treatment. It’s believed the tumor was benign.

“They are saying the tumor is not showing cancer but it could be cancerous. If he came over here, they could take care of it where it won’t grow no more,” Waira said.

The Kenyan American Community Church located at 771 Elberta Drive in Marietta is holding a fundraiser for Jeremy Kuria on February 25 at 2 p.m.

The church is taking donations and a GoFundMe has been set up in support of Jeremy. They hope to raise $50,000 for Jeremy’s past medical bills, but hope to raise enough for future bills as well.

To donate to the GoFundMe click here