VIDEO: American national commits suicide at Entebbe Zoo

Nelson Bwire Kapo

A 21-year-old American student was Thursday morning found dead in a dormitory at the Uganda Wild life Education Centre (UWEC) in Entebbe.

The body of Larkin James, a resident of Texas was found hanging with a belt around his neck.  The student had booked the dormitory for eight days but had only stayed for two days, according to staff at UWEC.

Isaac Mujaasi, the Public Relations Officer UWEC says Larkin had come to the facility through a Ugandan agent Agnes Kasule, to learn hands-on experience.

On hearing the news, Kasule rushed to the scene where she broke and sobbed inconsolably on seeing the deceased’s body.

According to staff, Larkin was last seen drinking at the bar within the facility and showed no signs of discomfort or trouble.

Larkin’s body has been taken to Mulago for a postmortem.

A French national Jean Pierre Tutian, 60,  died in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park in April, according to Uganda Wild Life Authority (UwA) authorities, the tourist collapsed and died out of excitement at seeing a “mountain gorilla for the first time’.



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