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Moment of silence planned before Grandma’s Marathon

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DULUTH, Minn. (AP) — There will be a moment of silence before the start of Saturday’s 32nd Grandma’s Marathon to remember a slain champion.

Stephen Muturi will gather his thoughts and remember his close friend and countryman Wesly Ngetich (nuh-TEECH’) of Kenya, last year’s winner.

Ngetich was fatally shot with a poisoned arrow last January. He reportedly was caught in the crossfire of a dispute between two ethnic groups near his home.

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He was 31 and had two wives and three children, ages 8, 6 and 1.

Ngetich won Grandma’s in 2005 and 2007. He was expected to return to Duluth this weekend to defend his title.

Muturi says his friend of 18 years was a peacemaker who would never turn away a friend in need.

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Information from: Duluth News Tribune, http://www.duluthsuperior.com

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