Irvo Otieno’s family viewed the video, provided by prosecutors, on Thursday, March 16. His mother said Otieno was tortured.
“My son was treated like a dog, worse than a dog,” Caroline Ouko screamed, angry that no one stopped what led to her son’s death.
His older brother, Leon Ochieng, said people should be confident in calling for help when their loved ones are in crisis. He did not believe the people he saw on the video cared about preserving a life.
“What I saw was a lifeless human being without any representation,” Ochieng said, adding that his family is broken and demanding more awareness on how to treat those with mental illnesses.
“Irvo loved sports, music and the beach,” Ochieng wrote on the GoFundMe page. “He often said he wanted to be great one day and help his young relatives back in Kenya with their needs.”
Ouko urged people to take a moment and listen to her son’s music.
“He calls it like it is, but there is goodness in his music. And that’s all I’m left with now. He’s gone,” she said.
“I cannot be at his wedding. I’ll never see a grandchild … because someone refused to help him. No one stood up to stop what was going on. We have to do better.”