Originally published Feb. 13, 1969
“Weary of her lonely struggle since the death of her African husband, Mrs. (Linda) Okatch is preparing to emigrate to his native Kenya. On her lap she holds her son, Jafri Okatch, 2 years old. Okatch, a former student at the University of Missouri-Kansas City who worked toward improved race relations, was the victim of a shooting in November.
“Thaddayo had made an impact in Kansas City after moving here in September 1964. The former administration secretary of Kenya’s embassy in Washington, D.C., was an economics and political science student at UMKC, and he contributed a guest column to The Kansas City Star on Aug. 12, 1965.
“He was shot and killed in an apparent robbery attempt on Nov. 29, 1968 — the 100th homicide of that tumultuous year. Larry Eugene Oliver, 18, was surrendered to police by his stepfather on New Year’s Day, 1969, but charges were dropped later that month after witnesses recanted earlier statements.”