Tear-jerking birthday party video of boy killed by school bus goes viral – VIDEO
An emotional video of the pupil who was crushed to death by a school bus has emerged online, showing how he celebrated his seventh birthday just a month ago with friends and relatives.
The birthday video, released by his family, captures Jeremy Masila being full of life and nodding plafully as his grandmother prayed for him to be a “prominent person in society”.
His grandmother, Shally Masila is seen in the video praying for him to live for 100 years and become a prominent person in the society.
“We are happy for you. Grow up, grow up and be a prominent man. A doctor, an engineer, a pilot and the President,” prayed Ms Masila.
The boy’s mother, Aphia Masila, is also heard from the background responding to the prayer as other family members cheer.
The late Jeremy then appears holding a kitchen knife ready to cut a dark chocolate birthday cake set on the table.
Also present in the video is Jeremy’s elder sister Shally Masila, named after her grandmother and their uncle Lee Masila.
Ms Aphia then instructs her son to get ready to cut the cake before leading the rest of family members in singing him the birthday.
The video was shot with a mobile phone.
Jeremy died on Friday morning after slipping through an opening on the floor of the school bus and being crushed to death by the rear wheels as he headed to St Augustine’s Preparatory School in Mombasa.
The family said they will forever Jeremy as a brilliant child who brought joy to them.
CHARGED WITH MURDER
The Director of Public Prosecution Keriako Tobiko has recommended that the school’s principal be charged with murder. Subsequently, the High Court has summoned the principal Serah Kessi and she is expected to plead to murder charges.
Justice Dora Chepkwony also issued summons against school bursar Venant Mwasaru, driver Valdi Mbadi, mechanic Abednego Mwendwa and bus conductor Charo Kazungu.
The summons Monday were issued following an application by Assistant Director of Public Prosecutions Alexander Muteti.
Mr Muteti said investigators and prosecutors had decided to charge the five with murder.
“None of the accused is in court, we had directed that they do appear in court,” Mr Muteti told Justice Chepkwony.
The court directed the summons be served through the regional Directorate of Criminal Investigations coordinator in Mombasa.
The case will be mentioned on Wednesday, when the accused are expected to take plea.