- 38 years old
- Date of birth: Sep 11, 1974
- Place of birth:
- 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.”
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.
"Missing you on your birthday old friend!"
Thinking of you today on your birthday.
Gone way too soon my friend and missed dearly everyday.
"Fondly remembered on your earth day Nelson. You are dearly missed. Love n hugs to the family."
"Remembering my old Kilimani classmate, Nelson. R.I.P. and may your legacy remain forever.
Special thoughts too for his family."
"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"
"Kok's!!!! Man we miss you down here! Wish my son could have met you, he would have a lot of fun with you."
"My brother, You of Strong Spirit and Character. Continue to Rest in Paradise. We Miss you down here."
"Thinking of you often my dear friend keep looking out for us -"
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."
"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."
"Happy belated birthday, Koko! Kile Strong!"
"Happy Birthday My friend, you are always in thoughts and in our souls."
"Happy Earth Day Nelson, miss seeing that shiny milk dud head of yours!!!"
"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.
"Happy Birthday Brotha! We miss you."
"Happy birthday my dear. You will always be remembered!"
"Happy Birthday KoKo!
I Love You!"
"Happy birthday Koko! I am still remembering how you enlighten the celebration of my 40th Bday in Bratislava."
"Happy Birthday Nelson! We're both virgos you know, Sept 8th - no wonder we got along like Hardcastle and McCormick! :) Miss you dear friend!"
"Remembering you today on what would've been your big 40!
Keep watching over us."
"Happy Birthday Nelson, you are truly missed and loved!!! Your beautiful smile and personality will forever be etched in my mind and heart..."
"Happy Birthday Bro. We miss you."
"Happy birthday in heaven dear....I think of you often and will never forget your smile, kindness and love."
"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. . ."
"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!"
"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."
"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"
"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,
"Koko ! I can hardly believe one whole year has gone by ... I think of you often - love always."
"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!"
"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.
"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 ............"
"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!"
"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."
"still in my heart.... miss you my friend as I make plans that I wish you are a part of"
"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."
"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."
"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"
"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."
"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!"
"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."
""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."
"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."
"Will miss you Koko. I still have the necklace you let me have when we were in college."
"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."
"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"
"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."
"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"
"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..."
"Koko you were a friend to everyone at all times. A great soul never dies. It brings us together again and again. RIP Koko"
"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."
"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"
"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"
"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."
"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."
"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!"
"Kok's I know you are smiling from the heavens above. Happy Birthday Big Bro. We all miss you man."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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..."
""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""
"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."
"Koko I can't believe you are gone! I will always remember your big smile. Rest in peace!"
"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"
"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"
"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...."
"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"
"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!"
"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."
"So sad to hear about this, you are such a star and everyone who knew you would be shattered. RIP bro"
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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!"
"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."
"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!!"
"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."
"Nelson, you will be missed. This is very sad news. You bought joy into many people's lives including mine."
"Koko had a huge heart * nothing but fun times !!
I will miss you dear friend. My deepest thoughts to his loved ones"
"vile kusikitisha habari. mbaya sana."
"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"
"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 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."
"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?"
"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"
"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."
"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"
"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."
"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."
"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 :)"
"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."
"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.."
"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!!"
"Oh wow. I remember you from student patrol at KSU. You and your family are in my prayers. I am speechless!"
"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."
"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."
"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."
"Oh Man! You were the one guy my sisters...Lesley and Wendy always spoke of..highly!. RIP Koko!"
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"May your beautiful soul rest in peace, with love from the Abdullah Family."
"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."
"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."
"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,"
"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"
"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."
"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"
""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.""
"" 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"
"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!"
"My boy from college... My brother... All the good times... You will be forever missed.
I'm at a loss for words right now."
"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!"
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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"
"True indeed, gone too soon. Koko, I will always remember that big smile. Rest in Peace my friend."
"Just heard about this today, really sad to hear that one of us has left. May you rest in peace Koome."
"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!"
"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."
"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"
"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."
"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."
"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!"
"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. . ."
"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"
"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"
"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."
"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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