An Australian teacher has been tragically killed in a violent bag-snatch robbery while walking home in broad daylight in Nairobi, Kenya.
Gabrielle Maina was shot at around 10am Thursday, local time, Fairfax Media reports, while she was walking home. Originally from Armidale in country New South Wales, she was working as the head teacher at Nairobi’s Hillcrest Preparatory School.
“It is with great sadness and shock that we are writing to let you know that Gabrielle Maina, head teacher of Hillcrest Prep, has been tragically killed whilst out walking this morning,” Hillcrest Preparatory School said in a statement shared with Fairfax.
“She was returning home after dropping her son at a friend’s house. Condolences to Gabrielle’s family.”
The Department of Foreign Affairs And Trade has told 7 News that they are “providing consular assistance to the family of an Australian woman who died in Kenya,” but “due to our privacy obligations, we will not release further details.”
Our thoughts are with Gabrielle Maina’s family.
This article originally appeared on Marie Claire.