Mourners bid final farewell to Korat victims

Mourners bid final farewell to Korat victims

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha, attends a royally sponsored cremation ceremony for nurse Apikritsanapa Khanpakwaen, 45, at Wat Nong Phai in Muang district of Nakhon Ratchasima, on Thursday.
Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha, attends a royally sponsored cremation ceremony for nurse Apikritsanapa Khanpakwaen, 45, at Wat Nong Phai in Muang district of Nakhon Ratchasima, on Thursday.

Mourners flocked to temples in Nakhon Ratchasima for royally sponsored cremation ceremonies for 11 victims of the bloody weekend rampage.

His Majesty the King assigned privy councillor Atthaniti Disatha-amnarj to preside over the royally sponsored cremation ceremony for Apikritsanapa Khanpakwaen, a slain nurse, at Wat Nong Phai in tambon Phor Klang of Muang district at 4pm on Saturday.  

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha and executives of the Public Health Minister and members of the public attended.

On the same day,  privy councillor Kasem Watanachai was assigned to preside over a royally sponsored ceremony for Pol Snr Sgt Maj Chatchawal Thaengthong, attached to Muang police station, at Wat Pho in tambon Nai Muang of Muang district.

Deputy Prime Minister Prawit Wongsuwon, fellow police officers of the slain officers and many mourners attended the ceremony.

privy councillor Kasem Watanachai presides over a royally sponsored ceremony for Pol Snr Sgt Maj Chatchawal Thaengthong, attached to Muang police station, at Wat Pho in tambon Nai Muang of Muang district, Nakhon Ratchasima. (Photo by Prasit Tangprasert)

Apikritsanapa, 45, and Pol Snr Sgt Maj Chatchawal, 50, were among people killed by a mass-shooter during the rampage in this northeastern province on Feb 8-9 that claimed 30 lives, including the gunman, and left 58 people wounded.

The nurse was killed at Terminal 21 shopping centre as she shielded her teen daughter from the shooting. Pol Snr Sgt Maj Chachawal was the first police officer killed while trying to stop the attack at Wat Pa Sattharuam forestry monastery in tambon Hua Thale of Muang district on Saturday.

The two were among 11 victims granted royally sponsored cremation ceremonies on Saturday. 

The nine other victims were Kannikar Karnbanchong (royally-sponsored ceremony held at Wat Nong Phor), Jirawat Radklang (Wat Na Nam), Ekkawin Yuenthon (Wat Mai Thai Charoen), Watcharaphol Panit (Wat Kasae), Chakkrapan Kheepimai (Wat Sra Bua Kluen), Saranphong Pongcha-umdee (Wat Chong Ou), Somkiart Wisachupanyapanit (Wat Sutthachinda), Thatsana Harirak (Wat Don Kwang) and Amnart Boon-eua (Wat Nong Bua).

Buddhist monks perform a ceremony for one of 11 victims granted royally sponsored cremation ceremonies in Nakhon Ratchasima on Thursday. (Photo by Prasit Tangprasert)

Police join mourners in bidding farewell to Pol Snr Sgt Maj Chatchawal, 50, at Wat Pho in Nakhon Ratchasima.


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