Kenyan priest, Father Josiah K'Okal, who was found dead in a Venezuelan forest was laid to rest inside the Parish Church of St. Joseph in Tucupita, Venezuela.
Fr. K'Okal, who is from Gem, Akala in Kenya's Siaya County, was found dead hanging from a tree in a forest area in Guara, Monagas state, on January 2, a day after being reported missing.
Hundreds of people attended his somber internment in Warao, Venezuela, where Father K'Okal, 54, evangelized.
Pictures posted online from the funeral ceremony show a sorrowful scene as the priest's remains are removed from the Dr. Luis Razetti Hospital Morgue, followed by a burial procession and final service.
The priest had spent years evangelizing the Waraos, learning their language, educating and defending indigenous people's rights.
According to the official Consolata Missionaries website, he was considered an integral part of the community.
He had been given the nickname 'Bare Mekoro', which means 'Wise Father Black' in Warao.