Grieving people pray at Thai temple for slain victims

UTHAI SAWAN, Thailand (AP) — Grieving families gathered Sunday at a Buddhist temple to pray and make offerings to the spirits of their deceased toddlers who ended up killed amid a rampage by a former law enforcement officer who shot and slashed them with knives at their day treatment in northeastern Thailand past 7 days.

The mourning relatives associates gathered at Rat Samakee temple, one of a few temples the place the bodies of the 36 victims — 24 of them kids and most of them preschoolers — will be positioned for funeral rites and cremation on Tuesday.

Family members sat in front of the little coffins, praying although Buddhist monks all over them chanted prayers. Later, they put trays of foodstuff, toys and milk along the exterior of the temple partitions as choices to the spirits of their slain children.

“Today, all the relations will maintain a ceremony to guidebook children’s souls back again to the temple,” reported Panida Prawana, a relative of a target.

The mourning ceremony will carry on for three times just before the funerals and a cremation of the bodies in accordance to Buddhist tradition.

Thai Key Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha is anticipated to attend an evening prayer at one particular of the temples later on Sunday.

The mass killing on Thursday was the nation’s deadliest, with the perpetrator killing dozens at the Youthful Children’s Improvement Center in Uthai Sawan and wounding a number of many others. He then still left the daycare center and drove property, wherever he killed his spouse and son right before taking his personal lifestyle.

Law enforcement discovered the attacker as Panya Kamrap, 34, a former law enforcement sergeant fired earlier this calendar year due to the fact of a drug demand involving methamphetamine.

An worker at the working day care advised Thai media that Panya’s son had attended the center but hadn’t been there for about a month. Police have reported they imagine Panya was beneath strain from tensions between him and his wife, and money troubles.

Mass killings in Thailand are uncommon but not unheard of.

In 2020, a disgruntled soldier opened fire in and close to a shopping mall in the northeastern town of Nakhon Ratchasima, killing 29 folks and holding off security forces for some 16 hrs right before currently being killed by them.

Prior to that, a 2015 bombing was carried out at a shrine in Bangkok that killed 20 people today, allegedly by human traffickers in retaliation for a crackdown on their community.

Tassanee Vejpongsa, The Affiliated Push

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