Knoxville residents from Kenya heartbroken by mall attack

Knoxville residents from Kenya heartbroken by mall attack

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"When I heard about this, I know my sister is close to the mall and being a Saturday I thought she might be over there," said Isaac Wachira. "When I heard about this, I know my sister is close to the mall and being a Saturday I thought she might be over there," said Isaac Wachira.
Fortunately, Isaac Wachira's sister was not there, but he did know two of the victims who were killed. Fortunately, Isaac Wachira's sister was not there, but he did know two of the victims who were killed.
"The only issues we are facing right now is the power outages and the connection outages, but right now we are all fine," said Peter Amiani, who runs the Rehema Mission Kenya, which is based in Knoxville. "The only issues we are facing right now is the power outages and the connection outages, but right now we are all fine," said Peter Amiani, who runs the Rehema Mission Kenya, which is based in Knoxville.

By JOSH AULT
6 News Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - A small Kenyan community in Knoxville is speaking out about the terrorist attack in their home country, calling it a tragedy.      

Isaac Wachira, the director of education for Compassionate Care CNA Training in Knoxville, grew up in Kenya and moved to Knoxville in 2002.

His parents and sister still live in Kenya.

"When I heard about this, I know my sister is close to the mall and being a Saturday I thought she might be over there," said Wachira.

Fortunately, his sister was not there, but he did know two of the victims who were killed.

"One of them was a high school friend and the other one was from back in the village where I come from," he said.

Another person with close ties to Kenya is Peter Amiani.     

Amiani is a grad student at the University of Tennessee, and runs the Rehema Mission Kenya, which is based in Knoxville.

The mission provides basic needs for 500 orphans in Nairobi.

"Rehema is actually 10 miles away from the place," said Amiani. "The only issues we are facing right now is the power outages and the connection outages, but right now we are all fine."  

Both men say their home country is usually very peaceful, and they are sad to see such a horrible thing happen.

"I do hope this does not keep people from visiting Kenya," said Wachira. "I know it was a terrorist attack, but there has been a lot of gun violence here in the United States."

"In the future we are all praying for Kenya," said Amiani. "We hope everything goes back to normal."

There is a Kenya church in Knoxville called Imani Baptist Church, located at 1336 Callahan Drive.

Members there are planning on holding a vigil and fundraiser in the near future for the victims of the terrorist attack.     

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