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This Kenyan Fashion Designer And LGBTQ Activist Was Found Dead In A Metal Box And People Want Justice

Edwin Chiloba, a Kenyan fashion designer and LGBTQ activist, was found dead by the roadside, bringing attention to LGBTQ violence in the country once again.

Edwin Chiloba, a Kenyan fashion designer and LGBTQ activist, was found dead by the roadside, bringing attention to LGBTQ violence in the country once again.

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Photo via @its_edwinchiloba / Instagram

Chiloba’s body was found inside a box by the street on Wednesday Jan. 4.

Police have detained a friend of Chiloba, 24-year-old photographer Jackton Odhiambo, as a suspect, but no motive has been revealed.

According to witnesses, a car with an unidentified license plate had dropped off the box holding the 25-year-old’s body.

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Photo via @its_edwinchiloba / Instagram

People then reported a foul smell coming from the box to the police, who upon opening it found Chiloba, dead, wearing a woman’s dress.

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Photo via @chilobadesigns / Instagram

Gay sex is illegal in Kenya, and LGBT people routinely face discrimination and stigma, the BBC reported.

Described as “an amazing human being” and an “iconic fashion designer”, Chiloba constantly fought for inclusivity.

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Photo via @its_edwinchiloba / Instagram

“It’s about inclusion. And if I am going to fight what I have been marginalized for, I am going to fight for all marginalized people,” he wrote on an Instagram post.

News of Chiloba’s death has worried human rights organizations about the escalating violence against LGBTQ Kenyans.

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Photo via @its_edwinchiloba / Instagram

“This is a frightening crime but it’s becoming common in Kenya – evidence of a growing epidemic of violence in the country,” the Kenya Human Rights Commission wrote on Twitter.

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Photo via @its_edwinchiloba / Instagram

Last April, people in Kenya demanded justice for Sheila Lumumba, a 25-year-old non-binary lesbian hospitality worker, who was allegedly gang-raped by six men and murdered in her home.

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