Koko
Nelson "Koko" Koome Kiara
  • 38 years old
  • Date of birth: Sep 11, 1974
  • Place of birth:
    Nairobi, Kenya
  • Date of passing: Aug 23, 2013
  • Place of passing:
    Florida, United States
How time flies. It's been three years already. And seems like just yesterday that we lost you and not a day goes by that we don't think of you. Today, September 11, 2016, you'd have turned 42. Happy birthday! Miss you much. Love you xoxo

This memorial website was created in the memory of our loved one, Nelson "Koko" Kiara, 38, born on September 11, 1974 and passed away on August 23, 2013. We will remember him forever.

We would like to extend our heartfelt appreciation to our family and friends for the kindness, love and support that we have received, and continue to receive, following his death in Florida, USA.  Words are not adequate to express our thanks, but know that your unyielding and unquestioning love and support has been our rock and our solace during this challenging time – we truly have been borne on the backs of Angels.

Koko was cremated and a Memorial Mass held for him at St. Mark Church in Virginia, USA on 21 September 2013. In addition to is friends and extended family, Koko is survived by his parents (Stephen Kinoti and Consolata Kanyua), his brothers (Duncan Mwenda and Humphrey Gitonga), his sisters-in-law (Loice Gurupira and Inosi Nyatta) and his nieces and nephew (Makena, Ruva and Kinoti).

Koko, you have taken your warmth, love, strength and humor to a better place and we are grateful to God for the gift of your brief but wonderful life.  We love you, we miss you and we will never forget you.

When I am gone, release me, let me go.  I have so many things to see and do, you must not tie yourself to me in tears.”

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Nelson Koko Kiara Memorial Education Foundation

 

A number of Koko’s friends and extended family have inquired as to whether a memorial will be set up in Koko’s memory and the Kiara Family is pleased to announce the formation of the Nelson Koko Kiara Memorial Education Foundation (the “Foundation”). 

The Foundation’s objective will be to fund the education of disadvantaged and vulnerable children in Kenya through the awarding of scholarships.  The Foundation will honor one of Koko’s most endearing traits – working selflessly to help people facing challenges and difficult circumstances – and continue the sponsorship of deserving and disadvantaged children that he had started during his life.

We are applying for 501(c)(3) charitable status for the Foundation in the United States so that contributions are tax deductible for those subject to US taxes – we will provide you with details as soon as these are available.  

In the meantime, contributions to the Foundation can be sent in the name “N K Kiara Memorial Education Foundation” to Account Number 483046835267 at Bank of America, 260 Greenwich St, New York, NY 10007 (ABA No. 021000322).  

 Checks/cheques in US Dollars, in the name “N K Kiara Memorial Education Foundation”, can also be sent by via post to (1) D. M. Kiara, 11910 Mathews Ct, Fairfax VA 22033, USA or (2) H.G. Kiara, 333 Rector Pl, Apt 806, New York, NY 10280, USA.

Thank you for your time, support and for any contribution you may wish to make.

 

Memorial Tributes
This tribute was added by james marcellana on 12th September 2016

"Missing you on your birthday old friend!"

This tribute was added by Nolly Dave on 11th September 2016

"Dearest Nelson,
Thinking of you today on your birthday.
Gone way too soon my friend and missed dearly everyday.
Nolly"

This tribute was added by Rosemary Ngure on 11th September 2016

"Fondly remembered on your earth day Nelson. You are dearly missed. Love n hugs to the family."

This tribute was added by Jane Wathuta on 8th September 2016

"Remembering my old Kilimani classmate, Nelson. R.I.P. and may your legacy remain forever.

Special thoughts too for his family."

This tribute was added by peter anand on 25th August 2016

"KOKO, my son was looking at your picture the other day and said daddy I remember him he has a big smile and use to carry me on his shoulders make funny animal sounds where is he, whats his name where is he daddy, he is a fun uncle daddy. Still hurts to tell people, but always know Nelson you are remembered by all ages and you will never be forgotten. Miss you my friend"

This tribute was added by james marcellana on 25th August 2016

"Kok's!!!!  Man we miss you down here!  Wish my son could have met you, he would have a lot of fun with you."

This tribute was added by Gilbert Ottieno Jnr on 25th August 2016

"My brother, You of Strong Spirit and Character. Continue to Rest in Paradise. We Miss you down here."

This tribute was added by Ahmed Ait Salah on 24th August 2016

"Thinking of you often my dear friend keep looking out for us -"

This tribute was added by Wenta Tadesse on 24th August 2016

"Omg Koko,
it has been 3 years since we lost a good brother but a beautiful soul is never forgotten. Miss you so much specially your laughter, your present in the group .......may God continue rest your soul."

This tribute was added by Roselyne Meriko on 23rd August 2016

"Koko, it is three years today since your passing and it is still surreal that you are gone. I remember your big smile, warmth, humour and beautiful spirit. You made everyone smile and you are dearly missed. Rest in power."

This tribute was added by Carole Adams on 22nd November 2015

"I just heard the news recently about Nelson and wanted to express my deepest sympathy to his family and friends. I also wanted to share just how much I thought of Nelson. I worked with him at Good Cents for 4 short years but Nelson became my friend in a very short period of time. He had a huge heart, sense of humor and was larger than life. I really enjoyed being around him. And Nelson was there for me in a time of my own great loss of my son and only child in 2006. He gave to me much support and lifted me up during those tough days. I will never forget him for this. Nelson was truly a Beautiful Soul and Human Being. And his spirit lives on.  May God Bless his Family and God Speed Dear Nelson, a True Friend."

This tribute was added by Godfrey Waluse on 12th September 2015

"Happy belated birthday, Koko! Kile Strong!"

This tribute was added by peter anand on 11th September 2015

"Happy Birthday My friend, you are always in thoughts and in our souls."

This tribute was added by Nadine Francis on 11th September 2015

"Happy Earth Day Nelson, miss seeing that shiny milk dud head of yours!!!"

This tribute was added by Nolly Dave on 11th September 2015

"Gone but never forgotten - my oldest friend. I miss you tons and hope wherever you are - you're smiling that awesome smile and making everyone laugh.
Happy birthday my friend.
Nolly"

This tribute was added by james marcellana on 11th September 2015

"Happy Birthday Brotha!  We miss you."

This tribute was added by Calista Mcgill on 11th September 2015

"Happy birthday my dear. You will always be remembered!"

This tribute was added by Jodi Blue on 12th September 2014

"Happy Birthday KoKo!  
I Love You!"

This tribute was added by Roman Hamala on 12th September 2014

"Happy birthday Koko! I am still remembering how you enlighten the celebration of my 40th Bday in Bratislava."

This tribute was added by Reuben N on 11th September 2014

"Happy Birthday Nelson! We're both virgos you know, Sept 8th - no wonder we got along like Hardcastle and McCormick! :) Miss you dear friend!"

This tribute was added by Kathy Holi on 11th September 2014

"Remembering you today on what would've been your big 40!
Keep watching over us."

This tribute was added by Rosemary Ngure on 11th September 2014

"Fondly remembered."

This tribute was added by Nadine Francis on 11th September 2014

"Happy Birthday Nelson, you are truly missed and loved!!! Your beautiful smile and personality will forever be etched in my mind and heart..."

This tribute was added by james marcellana on 11th September 2014

"Happy Birthday Bro.  We miss you."

This tribute was added by Calista Mcgill on 11th September 2014

"Happy birthday in heaven dear....I think of you often and will never forget your smile, kindness and love."

This tribute was added by Brian Okutoyi on 11th September 2014

"Happy birthday KOKO!
I'm sure you have all the angels waving their hands in the air as they celebrate your birthday. . . .
Till we meet again. . ."

This tribute was added by Yulia Ivanovskaya on 25th August 2014

"Miss you, Nelson! Time is going by, but memories... I think of you and remember you often!  All those jokes we had...  I keep telling them to people and sometimes I laugh alone 'cause people don't get them, but who cares!  I know you are laughing with me! :) And here is where you would probably tell me:" Yulia, you need Jesus!" :))
Sending positive energy and prayers to the family!"

This tribute was added by peter anand on 23rd August 2014

"I know our last few months we tried to mend our differences, but all I can remember this past year are all the good times we had as friends and part of each others families. I remember the day I was about to get married and you told me a 20min. story of why not to get married and the whole time you had me laughing, and at the end of the story you said this will make a good novel one day of the 3 stooges! or as your dad called us "The 3 BONE HEADS" Nelson you taught me 1 big thing never let anything come between a friendship not even business. Not a day passes that I wish I would run into you and here that laugh, or a tap on the back and you say your famous hello, or your "BANKS" dance!,Or the famous Nelson advise on life! I know your gone but nobody and I mean nobody will ever forget you! Miss You "KOKO" RIP my friend."

This tribute was added by Wenta Tadesse on 23rd August 2014

"Omg it has been a year since we missed you, a million words can't bring you back, I know because I've tried. A million tears can't bring you back, I know because I've cried<3. May God bless your soul Koko"

This tribute was added by james marcellana on 23rd August 2014

"Habariyako Kok's,  Yesterday, on my way to work I saw a guy walking around a Greyhound station looking like Pervis and waiting for his buddy on the sidewalk.  HIs buddy, wearing a white African shirt, bald, glasses, looking like Malik Yoba, came out  slow and gave the other dude a hug.  I swear it was you and Pervis.

We all miss you and we know you are in a better place.  You had always been the one advocate that truly wanted a niece or nephew from me and Amy.  Well now you have one, Isaiah.  I know that you are watching over us because sometimes he will look pass me and smile.  Probably some inside joke you guys already have.

Anyways, we all miss you!

Your Brother, Always,

James"

This tribute was added by Ahmed Ait Salah on 23rd August 2014

"Koko ! I can hardly believe one whole year has gone by ... I think of you often - love always."

This tribute was added by Mbugua Nduati on 23rd August 2014

"Nelson, it's been a year and it still feels unreal. Still missed, still loved and the memories will never fade. Thanks for making me laugh so often and so hard walking home from school. Will forever cherish those moments! Until we meet again. RIP my brother!"

This tribute was added by Hannah Westby on 23rd August 2014

"Feel no guilt in laughter, he'd know how much you care.
Feel no sorrow in a smile that he is not here to share.
You cannot grieve forever; he would not want you to.
He'd hope that you could carry on the way you always do.
So, talk about the good times and the way you showed you cared,
The days you spent together, all the happiness you shared.
Let memories surround you, a word someone may say
Will suddenly recapture a time, an hour, a day,
That brings him back as clearly as though he were still here,
And fills you with the feeling that he is always near.
For if you keep those moments, you will never be apart
And he will live forever locked safely within your heart.
Xx"

This tribute was added by Cathie Karue on 22nd August 2014

"Forever missed......"

This tribute was added by Wenta Tadesse on 23rd June 2014

"May the blessings of love be upon you
May its peace abide with you
May its essence illuminate your heart
Now and forever more... may God rest you peace in haven still missing you so much Koko. you are one of a kind person I ever know ........no matter how you make us laugh ..........wont for get your MJ dance miss u so much ............"

This tribute was added by Calista Mcgill on 2nd June 2014

"It has taken me a while to write a tribute to this amazing man simply because it is painful. My condolences go out to the family, as I know you are in pain. Nelson was so caring, kind and loving. He always knew what to say to make the day brighter. I can still hear his laughter and see his smile like it was yesterday. My heart aches because I will never hear nor see that again. He was my friend and I loved him more than he ever knew. I think of him every day. R.I.P. my love!"

This tribute was added by Kevin Monte de Ramos on 7th April 2014

"I am slumped over the desktop and tears rolling down my cheeks.  I can not believe that I am reading of his passing.  It was just yesteryear when I hired Nelson into Next Century Software, possibly his first job out of college.  

I admired his competencies, but was most impressessed by the impressions he left on others.   He was by far the most personable, likable, and authentic person with whom I have ever acquainted myself.  What a positive spirit he remains.

Lucia and I are deeply impacted by this news.  Thank you for the memorial page, it truely honors the person he was and the being he remains.  I lay this virtual flower to blossom.  You know he must be smiling, as I recall our years together, having stumbled across these many fond recollections from those he touched."

This tribute was added by Bryan Collier on 31st December 2013

"still in my heart.... miss you my friend as I make plans that I wish you are a part of"

This tribute was added by Ralph Njuguna on 31st October 2013

"So sad to hear about Nellys passing, growing up with you in Kilimani primary was a both a hoot and a blessing, coming over to your house on the weekends to listen to rap music thinking that one day we would become big time rappers. My deepest condolences to the Kiara family. R.I.P Bro."

This tribute was added by Lina M. on 22nd October 2013

"Koko was more than a friend to me, he was my older brother. When I first heard of his passing I felt as if someone cut a piece of my heart out. He was a kind, loving, caring, funny, silly, great spirited and bright individual. I am so thankful that God has given me the opportunity to know him as well as I did. May his soul forever RIP. My thoughts & prayers go out to his family."

This tribute was added by sammy khakame on 3rd October 2013

"I remember meeting Koko at Lenana, such joy and laughter you always had. We had great times on the basketball court. Though it is a long time since we last met at the USA IRB sevens, I will never forget the bright smile, the humor and the fun, the man. You will be sorely missed. RIP"

This tribute was added by Angela Mutungi on 3rd October 2013

"Koome - We will never forget your incredible sense of humor, laughter and kind ways! You were like a brother to us and our hearts are broken! We will keep you alive in our hearts forever! Rest in peace! From the Mutungi family."

This tribute was added by William Otieno on 3rd October 2013

"What is a deck of cards without the Joker in the pack?! From the first days of high school it was like being in a comedy when you were around. Like everyone here, you had a profoundly positive impact on my life. Wherever you are my friend, I am sure you are cracking them up!"

This tribute was added by Reuben N on 26th September 2013

"I remember we met on the first day of high school and became fast friends. We walked home from the school bus stop every day and had countless laughs. You are a man of integrity, sincerity and charm. Clearly you made everyone feel special. You honestly made this world better Nelson, and you'll be sorely missed. Until we meet again, RIP my brother."

This tribute was added by Kinya Murithi on 21st September 2013

""The Lord gave, and the Lord hath taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord.” - Book of Job. Uncle Kinoti & Auntie Connie, Mwenda & family, Gitonga & family: Please accept our heartfelt condolences on the loss of your loved one - Koome. You are in our thoughts and prayers. All our love, Uncle Jeremia & Auntie Esther, plus the entire Murithi family."

This tribute was added by Daksha Hirani on 21st September 2013

"Our most empathic and sincere sympathies for your very dear and loving family. Rarely does one come across a family so full of life and love. The whole Kiara family.. our most loving thoughts are with you. Koko, may your spirit and soul be in resting peace and the love you shared with all keep all going full on with life for all time to come."

This tribute was added by John Teal on 20th September 2013

"Will miss you Koko. I still have the necklace you let me have when we were in college."

This tribute was added by charity mugambi on 19th September 2013

"My deepest condolences to Koko's family and friends. No words can express our loss. Gone too soon but we shall remember you and celebrate your life in those who have shared life here with you. And because we are Believers in God, I comfort your family and friends with the words found in John 11:25-26 and Rev 21:4-5. Till we meet again, RIP. Aunty Charity."

This tribute was added by Bwana Tonye on 19th September 2013

"Rest in peace Kome. My memories of you are very warm. Your cheerful spirit was something to behold. Always smiling and full of positive energy. May God bless you and your family"

This tribute was added by elsie kanorio on 19th September 2013

"Koko, i will never forget the time i met you, it was then that i understood why everyone talked about u,am talking about Ru n makena, n aunty n uncle. Koko had this positive spirit around him, a very wide n genuine smile and a crazy sense of humour. His big heart and caring nature made anyone love him. I wil always remember that talk we had last chrismas. Thank you Koko. RIP cousin."

This tribute was added by DAVID RUTEERE on 19th September 2013

"It is with deep shock to learn the untimely death of our beloved KOOME. It is the destiny of every man and the Holy Scriptures says in Ecclestiates 7:1 ¶ A good name is better than precious ointment; and the day of death than the day of one's birth. KOOME Rest in internal peace for we loved you but God loved you most.
I wish to pass my condolences to the family of my cousin Mr.  Stephen Kinoti Kia"

This tribute was added by Doris Uzo on 18th September 2013

"I can never forget all the deep conversations that we had together. The laughter, the teases, and most importantly all the advice that you gave me KoKo. You had such a presence and charisma and your smile lit up every dim room that you entered. I'm still in awe that you left us so soon. You will forever be missed, you are gone but never forgotten. I miss you bro..."

This tribute was added by vincen ngeno on 18th September 2013

"Koko you were a friend to everyone at all times. A great soul never dies. It brings us together again and again. RIP Koko"

This tribute was added by Sophie Moturi on 18th September 2013

"To Uncle Stephen, Aunt Connie, Mwenda and family, and Gitonga and family; may the blessing of having had Koome in the family always enrich and inspire you. Praying for God's great comfort, strength and peace at this time."

This tribute was added by muthoni mwithiga on 17th September 2013

"Dear cousin, I find it hard to believe what they tell me. I have not seen you since you were under 15. All I remember is a cheerful energetic child with a brilliant demeanor whenever I visited auntie Connie's house (your mum).That's how I will always remember you. I don't have many words because they are hard to come.Eternal rest & perpetual light upon you cousin. To Auntie & family-peace"

This tribute was added by Belle DiCristina on 16th September 2013

"I've never thought I would be doing this so untimely but here it goes. Nelson, my chocolate, words can not express the love I have and had for you. Your laughter shared with me are in heart, like a tattoo. I feel your presence when I laugh as if you are with me. We are jokers, We are LOVED by so many & You will NEVER BE FORGOTTEN. Please GOD give me strength & closure for my dear friend"

This tribute was added by Jackie Okwiri on 12th September 2013

"I had the privilege to know Koko in my freshmen year while studying at KSU.  I found him to be a remarkable person with great attitude!  He was loved and popular on campus, funny, and charming.  I can say he was a great gift to me and all who had the chance to be around him.  Gone but never forgotten... Friend, R.I.P."

This tribute was added by Zach Ikiara on 11th September 2013

"We are terribly shocked by the sad news of the demise of our dear friend Koome. He was a very jolly man with a great sense of humor and he was loved by all.  We will miss him a lot.  May God rest his soul in eternal peace."

This tribute was added by Gladys Edeh on 11th September 2013

"It has taken me awhile to write a tribute because I just can't believe you are gone.I meet Koko during my time in KSU & he was such a joy to be around. He was like a big brother to me, someone you can take your troubles to. There are so many memories that I will never forget especially the group trip to Maryland!
RIP, my dear friend & brother. You'll be missed dearly!"

This tribute was added by james marcellana on 11th September 2013

"Kok's I know you are smiling from the heavens above.  Happy Birthday Big Bro. We all miss you man."

This tribute was added by Cheryl (Poca) Smith on 10th September 2013

"I met Nelson in the LLC at KSU when I worked there, he was such a light to that place.  I can not think of KSU and my time there without thinking of Nelson and the joy he brought to everyone he met.  I have so many wonderful memories of you and I am so very sad to hear you have gone.  My heart and prayers are with his family."

This tribute was added by Nate Smith on 10th September 2013

"Your ever-present smile, your zany jokes, dancing with that pink feather boa someone put around your neck at KSU,  and most of all your infectious laughter. Always seeing the good in people.  Not just a good man,  a great one.  You will be missed my friend and will always be remembered.  God's Love, Peace and Blessings to the Kiara's."

This tribute was added by Hellen Kathurima on 10th September 2013

"Yes gone too soon but i know you are in a better place. Not seen you in a long time but i do remember our childhood days, you were always the comedian. Will be missed by uncle Mbijiwes family.Rest in peace mutanocia and God be with the Kiaras. Always  in our hearts and prayers. Fare thee well."

This tribute was added by Kim Njeru on 9th September 2013

"We love you, we miss you and you will always be in my heart forever!  I will always smile when i remember you. RIP Koko."

This tribute was added by Nicole Cain on 9th September 2013

"Nelson, We had some great conversations, jokes, and shared a love for rugby :-). Plus, you looked forward to getting various tasty fruit and newspapers from me every time I was in town.  I feel blessed to have known you."

This tribute was added by Lisa Gray on 9th September 2013

"Nelson, you lit up every room you entered and the hearts of those in it.  Your smile was magnetic for bringing happiness to all.  You were one of a kind and I am so thankful to have known you.  You are truly missed and never to be forgotten.  I wish you peace now. Until we meet again..."

This tribute was added by Eric Karuri on 9th September 2013

""I knew Nellieey from our primary school days...memories are what I now have...from a 15min discussion on how Optimus Prime can deal with Megatron to playing 3-sticks...will always remember ur laugh...RIP Brah""

This tribute was added by Geci Karuri-Sebina on 9th September 2013

"Koko, what we have lost the angels in heaven have gained. I'll miss everything about you and it hurts. But I am thankful for the many years for which I have been blessed to have you in my life; you made everyone around you better. Keep laughing & loving til we meet again. xo - Our sincere condolences to the bereaved family."

This tribute was added by Mayra Giron on 7th September 2013

"Koko I can't believe you are gone! I will always remember your big smile. Rest in peace!"

This tribute was added by Tsedenya Muluwork on 7th September 2013

"Nelson, I hope and pray you knew how truly exceptional you were and how you made everyone that was blessed enough to cross paths with you feel special and happier in that moment in your presence.  Your wit and smile brightened a room.  
Rest in peace my friend.
Till we meet again"

This tribute was added by Jennifer Troche Walsh on 7th September 2013

"Nelson ... I cannot believe you are gone. Your eyes will never read these words and my heart is filled with grief to know that the world is now short one beautiful soul.  You were my family, you will always be my family. I love you, KoKo
-Bon qui qui"

This tribute was added by Bryan Collier on 7th September 2013

"my boy , one of my best friends, you were one of the best ...like nick said the world is worse without you... you made an impact while you were here....I love you my friend will honor you till the end ... rest in peace my brother till we meet again...."

This tribute was added by Kelly Dixon on 6th September 2013

"Mufasa, I cannot believe this is happening.  You were such a good buddy and could always make me laugh.  You were my voice of reason and taught me the magical ways of the "Jedi Mind F*&%".  I will never forget you and your wonderful smile.  I have the deepest sympathy for your family and loved ones, but I know you're in a better place.  Love, Simba"

This tribute was added by Teckie Karoki on 6th September 2013

"May the God of all comfort fill our hearts with peace and gratitude as we remember Koko’s laughter, warmth, and zeal for life. May the Lord strengthen us during this time of sorrow and give us joy as we celebrate a life lived to the fullest. May Koko’s passing remind us to laugh, love, share, and enjoy one another, for we are here today and gone tomorrow. RIP cousin, you will be missed!"

This tribute was added by Yulia Ivanovskaya on 6th September 2013

"I can’t believe you are gone! You will always be in my heart and I will always remember your smile and our silly jokes. Very saddened and shocked by this piece of news.  My deepest condolences to the family."

This tribute was added by Sai Rayaprolu on 6th September 2013

"So sad to hear about this, you are such a star and everyone who knew you would be shattered. RIP bro"

This tribute was added by Ben Yohannes on 6th September 2013

"Wishing you peace to bring comfort, courage to face the days ahead and loving memories to forever hold in your hearts, May you be comforted by the outpouring of love surrounding you.
Please accept my condolences."

This tribute was added by Tammie Gousy on 6th September 2013

"You earned the nickname "Admiral" because you aced our company's online Scavenger Hunt. Your playful teasing always coaxed a smile from me to make my day better. Always. Whenever you were around, you were just a regular Mr. Sunshine. Bonne nuit mon ami."

This tribute was added by Arlene Follmer on 6th September 2013

"Nelson (that's how we knew him) brought sunshine with him.  When he walked into a room, his huge smile always brightened my day.  I hope to meet him again someday on the other side.  Peace."

This tribute was added by Duke Jian on 6th September 2013

"I'm so shocked and I can't believe when Tiffani called me yesterday. Nelson was my co-worker at GoodCents for more than 9 years.I think you will be in my memory forever."

This tribute was added by Roman Hamala on 6th September 2013

"Koko is not perfect he is limited edition...! His entire Slovak family will miss him and will keep him in their hearts forever. He visited us for two days, two years ago and at least 30 of my friends who he met keep asking me about him whenever I see them; he connected so smoothly and touched so deeply. We love you!"

This tribute was added by MaryEllen McMellion on 5th September 2013

"Our deepest, sincere condolences to the Kiara family. Koome/Koko was a wonderful person and a great friend. He introduced my husband & I, attended our wedding and almost 14yrs later we still laugh at how he said he should charge us a "finders fee"! Our hearts ache as we remember his smile & laugh. Rest in peace dear Koome. You are forever in our hearts."

This tribute was added by Marc-Arthur Anoh on 5th September 2013

"Nelson, you literally changed my life by hiring me. I remember my interview with you in DC when I walked 6 blocks in the cold December rain just because I couldn't find parking. Got the interview saoked to the socks and you didn't even know me but you laughed at me so hard you couldn't stand up. I have so many great memories of you. Your "rookie" will remember you forever!!"

This tribute was added by David Dickson on 5th September 2013

"Words can't express how much you will be missed my friend. Your wit and charm were unsurpassed and you will be sorely missed by everyone who had the privilege of having you as a part of their life. I can only hope that we can all fill the void left by holding on to the cherished memories shared. The world lost a great spirit. May you rest in peace brother."

This tribute was added by Laurel Dsouza on 5th September 2013

"Nelson, you will be missed. This is very sad news. You bought joy into many people's lives including mine."

This tribute was added by Ahmed Ait Salah on 5th September 2013

"Koko had a huge heart * nothing but fun times !!
I will miss you dear friend. My deepest thoughts to his loved ones"

This tribute was added by Jeff Chandler on 5th September 2013

"vile kusikitisha habari. mbaya sana."

This tribute was added by Ken Mwangi on 5th September 2013

"Damn Bro!! Did you have to go so soon?? We were pals on your 1st day in Kili and we were actually age-mates...then when I left we met again in Maroon land, then left again and we were in Cobb County, GA together. It was good while it lasted. May the angels shine on you mate, till we meet again"

This tribute was added by ciru kihara on 5th September 2013

"To the Kiara family, words will never make up for your loss.Remember that love is stronger than death, Jesus took care of that. I only met Koko once last Christmas and the impact of this news has been immense, such is the son, brother, in- law, friend we had in him. Keep his memory alive.Duncan, Loice, Makena, Ruva, we're praying.x"

This tribute was added by Dennis Murithi on 5th September 2013

"This is very sad news. I have countless happy memories of you from our primary school days.... one of the 3 mu-merus as Mrs Waruinge referred us as.....you brought so much life to many back then. It is evident from reading messages and glancing at pics of you..that you went on to touch many more...Rest in peace Nelly."

This tribute was added by Ishiombo Rantings on 5th September 2013

"Duncan....I feel your loss. May God give you all the strength you need and to your family especially your parents and those who knew Koome. I am sure that words cannot express your feelings right now. What can we really say?"

This tribute was added by Kathurima Mburugu on 5th September 2013

"You left us too soon bro. My family and I will really miss you. I remember when we were young mum used to call both of us "kabunwasi" for the fun and laughter we used to create whenever we met. RIP Koko"

This tribute was added by Tiffani Porter-Clark on 5th September 2013

"Nelson you were my rock and my support while we worked together at GoodCents for 7 years.  I am in total shock right now.  You will always be in my memory."

This tribute was added by Irene Njeri on 5th September 2013

"Your smile will always be remembered by everyone and especially me. It was a great pleasure to have meet you while in Atlanta, GA with your cousins. May God rest your soul in eternal peace. Until we meet again in heaven...our thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends. God's peace be with you all...Phil 4:13"

This tribute was added by Nike Thorpe on 5th September 2013

"I have no words to describe my shock and sadness!  Koko, even though we didn't keep in touch much since KSU, I'll always remember the fun times, your warm smile, affection for everyone and enthusiam for everything you did.  We will all miss you. Praying for you and your family."

This tribute was added by Roselyne Meriko on 5th September 2013

"Koome, I'm in shock and deeply saddened that you are gone so soon.  You had the most beautiful spirit, an unforgettable smile and your humor was just refreshing - just one of a kind.  Your sparkle will live on in our hearts forever.  Rest in perfect peace Koko. My deepest condolences to you: Gitonga, Inosi, Mwenda and the entire Kiara family. May God grant you peace and comfort."

This tribute was added by Maureen Sunyai on 5th September 2013

"Your sunny smile comes to mind despite being 20 or more years since we last met. Deeply saddened by your departure from this life. May your spirit know peace."

This tribute was added by peri bobb on 5th September 2013

"I had the pleasure of meeting Koko a few times. The first time I met Koko, I was pregnant with my first child, second time I see him, he pops up into the delivery room greeting me with a big smile saying "congratulations beautiful". Only you could do that Koko, by only meeting me once. That's just how much of an impact you have on people. Rip  :)"

This tribute was added by Patrick Sheehan on 5th September 2013

"Koko, I'm so sad that you are gone from us.  You have a smile that no one ever forgets and that lifted the spirits of anyone that saw it. I hope that you are sharing in the warmth that you shared with so many of us.  Your charm, grace and kindness are impressed upon me as much today as when we last saw each other 3 years ago.  You will never be forgotten and will be in our prayers."

This tribute was added by mercier bobb on 5th September 2013

"my swag mentor, the truest definition of charm, the reason I like to see a smile on the face of others.  God Forgive me as I am selfish enough to say that I still wish he were here.  I only wish to be as much as a light to the world as Koko was for me.  Love You Koko and forever your disciple of swag in life.  RIP Chocolate Thunder.."

This tribute was added by Gloria Downey on 5th September 2013

"I met Nelson at KSU he brought such joy and happiness to any place he was, My Mr. Kenya!! I am so sorry for the family and loved ones. Nelson you will be missed!  I feel that a part of me is gone.. I am grateful that I got to know you, you will never be forgotten..so many happy memories.. I am in shock!!"

This tribute was added by Joey Bankston on 4th September 2013

"Oh wow. I remember you from student patrol at KSU. You and your family are in my prayers. I am speechless!"

This tribute was added by Kirsten Reed on 4th September 2013

"Oh, Chocolate Thunder, you will be sorely missed!!  Nelson's Volumes are archived in my memory, and there they will stay, along with my images of you in your zebra-print (which I never did see).  Safe passage, my friend.  Your sense of humor will always live on in all of us."

This tribute was added by Jacqueline (Bobb) Oduselu on 4th September 2013

"Koko,  when I hear your name I instantly see your bright smile and warm, handsome face.  My God... I am at a loss for words, I am sorry to hear that you are gone from this earth, but your memory will not be forgotten.  Although life has continued...it is different knowing that you are not continuing with us in the same form.  I pray that you are with HIM in Heaven and will greet us."

This tribute was added by Evelyn Ligale on 4th September 2013

"I am deeply saddened to learn about Koome’s passing.  I am grieved and shocked by this sad news. The Kiaras lived across the street from us many years ago so I literally watched Koome transform from a cheeky scamp into a fine young man.   My deepest condolences to the Kiara family. May God grant you peace and comfort during this tragic time and may he grant Koome eternal rest."

This tribute was added by Dennis Mbogo on 4th September 2013

"Oh Man! You were the one guy my sisters...Lesley and Wendy always spoke of..highly!. RIP Koko!"

This tribute was added by Joan Eggleston on 4th September 2013

"So Sad Koko you always put a smile on ones face no matter how hard there day had been ........ Sad .. am even at a loss for words. I know you are at a better place R.I.P Koko ... Koome."

This tribute was added by Juliet Jason on 4th September 2013

"I remember Koko from childhood, when his family visited our family with their "red car". Koko has both his parent's smile and great spirit. I did not know him as an adult but his smile and spirit lived through him in adulthood as expressed by his family and friends. May God's awesome peace be with your family Koko as they celebrate your life.  Your spirit will always remain with us."

This tribute was added by Bram Simiyu on 4th September 2013

"Oh no! Twenty odd years gone by since we shared fantastic times in high school! What a fine gentleman you were! God rest your soul in eternal peace Koko and may He grant your family solace at this trying moment. Rip brother."

This tribute was added by Hannah Westby on 4th September 2013

"Koko, my heart grieves & my eyes are full of tears. The years we spent together at Uni I will cherish forever. You had a smile that would lighten up any room, a heart of gold, always wanting to help anyone in need. You brought joy to everyone who knew you. You will be missed but never forgotten and you will always hold a special place in my heart. Rest in peace my beloved Nelson."

This tribute was added by Zeyana Abdullah on 4th September 2013

"May your beautiful soul rest in peace, with love from the Abdullah Family."

This tribute was added by Ivan Perez on 4th September 2013

"To the biggest Kenyan I will ever know.  You will be missed, whenever I think of koko, I still smile.  He always wore a smile larger than life. My condolences to the family."

This tribute was added by Gilbert Ottieno Jnr on 4th September 2013

"To the dear memory of a dear brother. We first met in 1988 when our paths crossed in Form 1 in Strathmore school and even though you left to go to Lenana School, we still stayed in touch and our paths would once again come together in Atlanta. Your smile, energy and spirit was infectious and it was evident among all who knew you. I will miss you dearly brother. RIP till we meet again."

This tribute was added by Celeste Carter on 4th September 2013

"As I heard the saddest news tears fell down my face, I couldn,t believe what i was hearing, you always knew how to make me laugh when i was having a bad day. you had the biggest smile and lit up any room you entered. I will always remember the fun times we shared.  My heart and prayers go out to your family.  Miss you my friend,"

This tribute was added by Tunji Ashiru on 4th September 2013

"How do I begin-  I pray that God preserves your body and soul.  Coco- Nelson, AKA coolest Kenyan guy when I was in Kennesaw State- 1994-1998.  I remember all the good times at the ISA etc--  Rest well my brother-- TJ Ashiru"

This tribute was added by Kelly Tibbs on 4th September 2013

"I had the opportunity to be a co-worker with Nelson for a few years.  I am sad to hear of his passing, but every memory of my time with Nelson brings a smile to my face, some still make me laugh out loud. My condolences to his family, I know your heart is heavy. I have tears in my eyes thinking he is no longer with us, but a smile on my face thinking of my memories with him. Rest in peace."

This tribute was added by Nadine Francis on 4th September 2013

"Don't have enough words to express what a kind and generous person Nelson was, He always made me smile at work, always found humor, always had good advice, was always a positive and uplifting person. Koko will be missed more then words can express.  Thoughts and Prayers are with your family.  You will be missed my dear sweet friend!   Love, Nadine"

This tribute was added by peter anand on 4th September 2013

""Met Nelson in 2001 and it felt like he was a brother I never had and before long he was one of the family, when I got married and had my first child Nelson was the first person to hold my son Rahul after myself. I regret our falling out, but I will remember he was the light and joy of all occasions, You will always be in mine and my family heart and soul, I'll miss my Friend. R.I.P.""

This tribute was added by Nick Luciano on 4th September 2013

"" You will be missed by more than just your friends , you will be missed by this world." This world will not be as good without you in it. You were one of the most giving, caring ,and down right best people I have ever known. You will always hold a special place in my thoughts and heart. I love you Bro. I know you are in heaven SMILING as you always have. PEACE TILL I SEE YOU AGAIN - Nick"

This tribute was added by Gakii Kingoriah on 4th September 2013

"I'm so sad... too sad to imagine you're gone Koko... But when I think back... there was never a time I was EVER sad in your presence, I'm reminded of the joy, love and laughter you brought...what a great memory you have left with us. May your soul rest in eternal peace. I know the angels are having a blast with you around my friend.. I just know they are!"

This tribute was added by james marcellana on 4th September 2013

"My boy from college... My brother...  All the good times... You will be forever missed.

I'm at a loss for words right now."

This tribute was added by Doris Kimutai on 4th September 2013

"Koko, I was shocked to hear of your passing. You are truly gone too soon!! My heart aches for all those lives you touched. You were an amazing person, brought a lot of joy to people. We will miss you dearly. Rest with the angels!"

This tribute was added by Kathy Holi on 4th September 2013

"You're now with the angels, smiling and watching over us. It is hard to accept the loss of a dear childhood friend. The memories of playing hide and seek and riding our bikes in Kile' came flooding back. Another sweet soul, gone too soon! You will be missed, but the memories forever cherished. RIP Koko xoxo. Praying for the Kiara family."

This tribute was added by Yemi Thompson on 4th September 2013

"You always had a smile on your face, ever charismatic, always lifting people's spirits! Heard about this last night and still in shock. I can ask "WHY?" from now till eternity but only God holds the answers. I pray for God's comfort over your family and all those who where fortunate enough to meet you while you were here. Sleep well Koko, sleep well."

This tribute was added by Christina Mugambi on 4th September 2013

"Koko was light, laughter and love and will always be remembered that way. He was close like a brother so my heart is breaking for Mwenda and Gitonga, and everybody in the Kiara house."

This tribute was added by Shirlene Brown on 4th September 2013

"Koko was one of the few friends I considered a true friend.  He always made me laugh, always had a great sense of humor and the ability to bring out the best in everyone and every situation.  I can't stop crying. The world has lost a true gem."

This tribute was added by E G on 4th September 2013

"Still trying to come to terms... Praying that God will give you (Aunt and Uncle Kiara, Mwenda, Louise, Makena, Ruva, Gitonga, Inosi & Kinoti)  peace and comfort during this time."

This tribute was added by Múkami Kimotho on 3rd September 2013

"I'm still completely at a loss for words Koome. Rest with our beloved and most trustworthy guardian angels. LOVE YOU ALWAYS... To Mwenda, Loice, Makena, Ruva, Gitonga, Inosi, Kinoti, Aunty and Uncle Kiara - our hearts hurt, our souls grieve. Standing with you throughout."

This tribute was added by Fabian Owuor on 3rd September 2013

"392 characters is certainly not enough to describe how you enriched my life, primary school would not have been the same without you as a friend, our experiences in Kile are worthwhile memories. RIP Koko"

This tribute was added by Victoria Mwende on 3rd September 2013

"True indeed, gone too soon. Koko, I will always remember that big smile. Rest in Peace my friend."

This tribute was added by Gordon Arunga on 3rd September 2013

"Just heard about this today, really sad to hear that one of us has left. May you rest in peace Koome."

This tribute was added by Pauline Wells on 3rd September 2013

"Koko always kept me totally entertained with his great humour which was always spot on, always social and bringing pleasure to all conversation. He never put a frown on my brow, nor caused a tear until now.  Koko, to live in the hearts you leave behind is not to die just leaving us with cherished memories we shall hold onto for a long long time.  RIP, my dear friend!"

This tribute was added by Rosemary Ngure on 3rd September 2013

"Words fail me. Can only hang on to the wonderful memories from Kili to high school......Nelson was quite the 'Maroonie' back in the day. Was generous enough to allow me to 'adopt' him as a brother...coz I had only sisters and he only brothers.  Sweet soul.  Rest dear friend till we meet again. Praying for peace and comfort upon the family."

This tribute was added by Bauwa Mohamed on 3rd September 2013

"Koome's untimely demise has left us all deeply saddened. We lived right Opposite the Kiara’s for the longest time In Kile,His name evokes lots of childhood memories To Mama & Baba Koome, Mwenda, Gitonga,family and friends,please accept our most heartfelt sympathies for your loss,Rest in Peace Nelson Koome Kiara"

This tribute was added by Cathie Karue on 3rd September 2013

"Koko, you were a best friend, confidant and my LFL for 25 years.  I will always remember how caring you were, always so helpful and full of wise counsel.  I will miss you and always love you.  Rest with the Angels.  Truly, gone too soon!!!! Till we meet again. Praying for the Kiara's during this difficult time."

This tribute was added by Kibz Mathangani on 3rd September 2013

"I am in total shock right now! Not Nelly!
We were in the same class in primary so this feels like losing a brother! You were the baby of the class yet one of the smartest, brightest and bubbliest. Life happened and we went our separate ways and haven't been in touch in a few years. I pray for peace and comfort for your family, friends and loved ones. RIP Nelly. Sleep among the angels."

This tribute was added by Nolly Dave on 3rd September 2013

"Nelson and I first met at Kilimani..he was the cheekiest person I had met- that turned into one of the best friendships I had growing up in Kenya. When I left Kili to go to an all girls school, he would joke saying he would dress up as a girl to come there. Years later &many moves on both parts we still managed to keep in touch. My heart aches at the news that he is gone forever. Miss u!"

This tribute was added by Brian Okutoyi on 3rd September 2013

"The many times I dunked on you during Basketball practice. . . The Drama trips all over the country. . . WE ROCKED! NO, YOU ROCKED! I cant believe the time we hand out in Dec 2012 was the last time I'd see you. . ."

This tribute was added by William Esiroyo on 3rd September 2013

"I grew up with Koome in Kile and remember we used to ride bikes together,played football and also went for adventures in some small forest there on your way to Boma(Kenya High School).Those were good memories and fun times we shared and had and will always cherish those moments which will remind me of him.It was shocking and sad to hear the news last week.We pray for Kiara family,RIP Koome"

This tribute was added by Grace Miller on 3rd September 2013

"So sad to hear about our beloved Koko, not only did we grow up together, but he was also one of my many big brothers. My latest memory of him was last December at home, we had such a blast with the family and I will forever remember and cherish those memories. We shall miss you Koko, RIP bro. My deepest condolences to the Kiara family. You are in our thoughts and prayers! Love always, Gracie"

This tribute was added by Godfrey Waluse on 2nd September 2013

"Met Koome in 1987 and grew up together in Kile. We would trash each other over school holidays having gone to rival schools but we were just young men going through the motions. Too many childhood memories but they have hardly been forgotten. RIP Koko."

This tribute was added by Makena Kiara on 1st September 2013

"I remember when Uncle Koko would tuck me in when my dad was away, help me with my homework, our deep conversations when he took me to school, and practicing my audition for the school play with him. He would always light up a room. Everybody loved him. I will always remember these moments. I miss you Uncle Koko."


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