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Memorial Service Held For Man Killed In Reported Cannibal Attack

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BALTIMORE COUNTY, Md. (WJZ) — A gruesome murder led to a somber funeral for a man killed in a cannibal attack. As Gigi Barnett reports, one Baltimore County congregation gathered this weekend to remember the Morgan State student who was far from his home country.

Members of the All Nations Gospel Church in Middle River sing in remembrance of 37-year-old Kujoe Agyei-Kodie. The congregation is still saddened and shocked over the gruesome murder that killed their friend and brother.

“The Lord knows why this happened and the Bible says everything happens for a reason, so why do we use this act to shape life in the future? We shouldn’t do that,” said family friend Thomas Mwaura.

Detectives say last month, the former Morgan State student disappeared shortly after going for a jog. Days later, police found parts of his body in a Harford County home.

Investigators soon arrested 21-year-old Alexander Kinyua, one of Agyei-Kodie’s roommates. They say Kinyua admitted to mutilating the victim and then eating parts of his heart and brain.

“When I heard about that—he was missing and that he has died—I didn’t every report about what has happened to him,” said his uncle, Rev. Anthony Opoku Ware. “I just Googled ‘Joppa news’ and then the whole story came to me, so it was a big shock.”

Agyei-Kodie’s body will be shipped back to Ghana next month. The family has set up a fund to pay for burial costs. The checks can be written to: Mr. Joseph Sigei, 7251 Glenthome Rd., Upper Darby, PA 19082. Contributions can also be deposited at TD Bank (PA), ACCT # 373513621 or PayPal account: jokisi@hotmail.com.

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