The Embassy Expresses Serious Concern over the Death of Kazakhstan’s citizen Kirill Denyakin
The Kazakh Embassy is working closely with U.S. State Department officials and the Portsmouth Police Department, as they investigate the April 23 fatal shooting of Kazakh citizen Kirill Denyakin in Portsmouth, VA.
Denyakin was killed by a police officer. According to news reports, Denyakin – who was unarmed – was shot six times.
Friends describe Denyakin as quiet and kind. His colleagues at Renaissance Portsmouth Hotel, where he worked for the last two years, said they were shocked and deeply saddened by the news. Hotel Chef Bob Brennan said of Denyakin: “It would be difficult to find a person who could say anything bad about him.”
The Embassy of Kazakhstan is making every effort to ensure that justice is served in the case.
Ambassador Erlan Idrissov has spoken to the State Department and demanded a comprehensive investigation.
The Embassy also sent a diplomatic note to the State Department expressing its serious concern and urging that that the investigation be conducted in full accordance with the law.
Embassy officials are doing everything possible to aid Denyakin’s mother who arrived in the U.S. on April 27 to take her son’s body home. All of Kazakhstan is mourning this tragic loss.