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SURAT THANI: Residents and business operators Wednesday held a mourning ceremony on Koh Phangan’s Haad Rin Beach for a British bystander who was shot to death during a brawl at a New Year's Eve party. 

About 50 business operators, residents and tourists, most of them dressed in black, attended a vigil in memory of Stephen Ashton, 23, who was shot and killed by a shell from homemade gun during a nearby fight between two groups of Thai men at Haad Rin, home to the world famous Full Moon Party.

Ashton was not involved in the fracas, during which one man allegedly drew and fired his homemade gun, missing his intended target but hitting Ashton, dancing on the beach nearby just before dawn on New Year's Day.

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