Bloomingdale Roses' owner Bunty Shah has been shot dead at his family's home in Nairobi, Kenya. Shah and his Bloomingdale Roses brand was a well-known name in the flower industry, operating a 38 ha nursery with a range of 20 breeds, grown on the slopes of Mount Kenya.
Bunty Shah in January 2017 (source photo: PortalFlora)
Bunty was the son of a well-known businessman, Vipin Shah. Circumstances surrounding his dead are unclear. A Kenyan website quotes the police calling it 'an unfortunate death'.
They describe how police entered the compound during an anti-terrorist operation, expecting to find weapons there. The website describes how Bunty fires in the air twice to scare whom he thought were invaders. "It was then that one of the officers fired a single shot and hit Bunty in the chest killing him."
Bloomingdale Roses has a modern nursery of 38 hectares in the Timau region, Kenya. This region is situated at the slopes of Mount Kenya at an altitude of 2.450 metres above sea level. The in total 20 varieties of Bloomingdale Roses are from various breeders around the world.