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  • #61

    Cash donations and funds raised to assist victims of Thailand’s weekend mass shooting have reached up to 23 million baht (735,764 U.S. dollars), said Nakhon Ratchasima governor Wichian Chantharanothai, on Tuesday.

    The 17-hour shooting spree by a soldier claimed 30 lives, including the gunman, and over 50 others were injured.

    The governor also said the state government will offer 300,000 baht (9,590 U.S. dollars) to the families of each victim as initial assistance.

    Wichian also warned that those spreading fake news across social media will have to face the law.

    Thai police also arrested two online pranksters who boasted via social media that they would mimic Saturday’s mass shooting. One prankster made the threat on Facebook and it was shared over 10,000 times in a single day.

    Both online pranksters were charged with violating the Computer Crime Act and causing public fear.:
    Keep your friends close and your enemies closer


    • #62
      • Korat victims' families to get B1m each

      NAKHON RATCHASIMA: The families of the victims of a shooting rampage will receive 1 million baht each as public donations have soared to 58 million baht. However, the families of the gunman, the colonel and the woman he killed at a house during a dispute will not get it.

      Nakhon Ratchasima governor Wichian Chantharanothai said donations to help victims of the rampage have soared to 58.5 million baht as of Thursday morning.

      A provincial panel earlier provided 300,000 baht to the families of each victim as an initial aid before opening a bank account to accept public donations. As of Thursday, a total of 6.9 million baht was already given to the families of 23 dead victims (300,000 baht each) and 2.2 million to the families of 22 injured victims (100,000 baht each), leaving about 49 million baht.

      The governor said the financial aid for the families of the dead victims would be increased to 1 million baht each, from 300,000 baht, as donations exceeded a target of 50 million baht.

      Authorities would pay the remaining 700,000 baht each to the families on Friday.

      Terminal 21 shopping centre in this northeastern province was the centre of the carnage on Saturday and Sunday, as Sgt Maj 1st Class Jakrapanth Thomma sprayed hundreds of bullets at people shopping and working there and holed up inside the mall.

      The killing spree began on Saturday afternoon when he shot dead his commander Col Anantharot Krasae, Mrs Anong Mitchan, who was a real estate developer, and wounded a man identified as Witthaya Kaewprom over a real estate deal at Mrs Anong's home in a military base.

      Jakrapanth moved on to Surathampithak military camp, where he killed a guard and stole high-powered weapons and ammunition from the armoury, and then fled in a stolen military truck to a Buddhist temple, where he loaded the weapons and killed nine people before driving to Terminal 21.

      He took 29 lives and hurt 58 others before police commandos shot him dead on Sunday morning.: -
      • Donations for Korat victims' families to close Sunday/Fund exceeds B68m, with B28m paid out

      Authorities will stop receiving public donations for the families of victims of the weekend shooting rampage this Sunday, with donations already topping 68 million baht.

      Provincial governor Wichian Chantharanothai on Friday handed over another 700,000 baht to each of the families of 27 of the dead victims. Total donations were at 68.27 million baht as of 8am on Friday, he said.

      Earlier, a provincial panel distributed 300,000 baht to each of 26 families, a total of 7.8 million baht, and 2.2 million baht to the families of 22 of the injured, or 100,000 baht each, leaving about 58.27 million baht.

      The panel agreed to increase financial aid for the families of the dead to one million baht each, from 300,000 baht, as donations exceeded the target of 50 million baht. The additional 700,000 baht was distributed on Friday.

      On Thursday, the governor said no assistance would be given to the families of the gunman or the colonel and woman he killed at a house during a dispute on Feb 8, before he began his bloody rampage downtown.

      Mr Wichian said donations would be closed on Feb 16, starting from 4pm.:
      Keep your friends close and your enemies closer


      • #63
        • Mourners bid final farewell to Korat shooting rampage

        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.

        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).:
        Keep your friends close and your enemies closer


        • #64
          Going through the motions....


          • #65
            Originally posted by Somchai Boonporn View Post
            Going through the motions....
            ...I wonder why he bothers...


            • #66
              Originally posted by harrymsmarkle View Post
              ...I wonder why he bothers...
              Yeah, he and the other upper government officials who showed up at the different services being held should have just sent cards to the families/friends………

              Keep your friends close and your enemies closer


              • #67
                Originally posted by S Landreth View Post
                Yeah, he and the other upper government officials who showed up at the different services being held should have just sent cards to the families/friends………

       stuffed with cash, of course...


                • #68
                  • More heroic, selfless scenes from Terminal 21, Korat

                  No let-up in tales of bravery

                  Tales of bravery and self-sacrifice continue to emerge from the Nakhon Ratchasima (Korat) shopping mall where a gunman went on a mass-shooting rampage last weekend.

                  Molthiya Daoruang, 30, a staff member of Bangkok Bank, was able to offer shelter to 17 shoppers, first in front of the main counter, and later, after she contacted her boss to seek permission, in the bank vault.

                  "We were sitting facing each other as there was little space. However, the vault has a CCTV camera so we could keep an eye on activity outside and I made occasional drinking-water runs," she said. "I was just as scared as anyone else, but knew I had to help."

                  Ms Molthiya said she ushered the crowd into the bank about 6pm when shots started ringing out and shoppers were running around looking for somewhere to hide. She closed the shutter doors in front of the bank, which has a clear glass frontage, and doused the lights. She also instructed those inside to put their phones on silent mode, dim the reading light and stay quiet. Security officers were able to escort them out without incident about 11pm. She said she was proud to play her part in offering shelter to anxious shoppers.

                  A hairdresser on the first floor gave shelter to 20 shoppers, in a storage room, along the sides of the shop, and behind the counter. "The shoppers included parents and a five year-old child who thankfully managed to stay quiet during the ordeal, as crying could have attracted the gunman," said the hairstylist.

                  She said the owner, model Nana Ribena, called regularly and passed on what she knew to security officers, who were finally able to rescue the group about 11pm.

                  On Thursday, the first opening day after the tragedy, some of those who took shelter at the hairdresser's returned with gifts of fruit and sweet snacks to say thanks, she said.

                  Meanwhile, Asadakorn Ohmnok, a trainer at a fitness centre on the lower ground floor, about 50m from Foodland where the shooter was to take the lives of his final victims, said about 50 shoppers took shelter in the toilets and staffroom when shots started to ring out. The shoppers kept in touch via a Line group once inside while he and a security guard were able to keep an eye on Jakrapanth via a CCTV camera and report his location to police. Security forces finally escorted them out in groups of 15 at a time about 11pm.

                  Eight shoppers who took shelter in the refrigerated storeroom at the rear of the Foodland supermarket are hailing the brave actions of a teenager, Atiwat "Dear" Promsuk, 18, for helping save their lives.

                  Dear was among those who took shelter but quickly took on the duty of guarding the cooler door as he tried to keep those inside from danger. He lost his life the next morning when the shooter, looking for somewhere to hide, barged into the cooling area amid a volley of gunfire. Jakrapanth was to die under a hail of bullets by advancing commando forces in the cooler about 9am.

                  Jakrapanth made straight for Dear, shooting him in the chest after Dear vainly tried to hang on to the door to stop him getting in. Survivors were able to take advantage of the drama to scramble out to safety and say if it wasn't for Dear's willingness to sacrifice himself more lives would have been lost.

                  A third-year vocational student at Nakhon Ratchasima Technical College, Dear had also found chairs and other heavy objects and put them in front of the door to block Jakrapanth's entry. Earlier, he also offered his T-shirt to a young woman who had been shot in the hand as they fled to the cool room. Despite enduring temperatures of 5ºC during his 14-hour ordeal, the young man kept up his spirits.

                  His girlfriend, Naen, who was shot in the leg in the escape drama, said she cradled him in her arms after he was shot until he stopped moving, before crawling out of the cool room.

                  Umakorn Thaimanee, a friend from his hometown of Lam Plai Mat district in Buri Ram, where Dear's funeral was held last week, said the young man, who hoped to be an electrician, kept in touch with his mother and friends via messenger during his ordeal. "He contacted us for the last time at 8.05 am on Feb 9 and said they were running out of air to breathe," he said.

                  His elder brother, Piyanan, 24, said he told Dear the evening before when his ordeal began to conceal himself well. "At half-past midnight he said he was still safe, and hiding on the LG floor with 10 people," he said.

                  "About 1am he said the gunman had started shooting again; shortly after 4am I asked how he was doing but Dear did not reply. I heard later that he was dead." Piyanan said he was proud of his younger brother for helping save lives.

                  Students and teachers last week stood in a ceremony in front of the college flag to honour Dear. His friends and classmates also compiled a music video with images of Dear and posted tributes on social media.

                  Chalermchai Supanan, deputy head of the college, said Dear was a brave young man prepared to confront death for the sake of others. Dear, he said, came to the province to study but didn't want to be alone so asked his Mum to join him. His mother found a job as a cleaner at Terminal 21 and he would help her after school every evening without any sense of embarrassment, he said.

                  Naen, his girlfriend, says she and Dear went to the mall that day to watch a movie and were in Foodland when someone called out that a shooting incident was underway.

                  They looked for a place to hide in the storeroom at the back, and later the refrigerated storage room. He gave up his undershirt to help a staff member, Kannikar "Taem" Kanbanjong, 22, after she was shot in the hand.

                  Naen said security forces had told them over the phone that when they turned up to rescue them, they would knock six times on the door by way of a signal, and those inside should respond with three knocks of their own.

                  She said that on Sunday morning someone knocked at the door three times. "We called out, asking if it was the police, and the voice from the other side replied 'No, it's not'. Moments later a volley of gunfire went off and the lights went out before the gunman burst in the door," she said. "After Dear was shot in the chest he tried to crawl away. I held him in an embrace until another volley of gunfire rang out in the darkness. The shooter was standing not far from me; I could see his outline.

                  "Dear started to grow still and stopped breathing. I decided to crawl slowly out of the cooling room and don't remember when the bullet entered my leg. That's the last thing I remember before security officials took us to shelter," Naen said.:
                  Keep your friends close and your enemies closer


                  • #69
                    ...^great post...


                    • #70
                      Originally posted by harrymsmarkle View Post
             stuffed with cash, of course...
                      It is helpful, especially if a breadwinner is lost but by no means can it replace a loved one.
                      • Remedial payments for Korat shooting deaths now B2m each

                      A provincial committee on Sunday agreed to increase the amount of assistance money for families of innocent victims killed or left with permanent disability in the Feb 8-9 shooting rampage from 1 to 2 million baht each.

                      Provincial governor Wichian Chantaranothai said public donations as of 4pm on Sunday totalled 82,869,229.20 baht. It was previously announced the fund would stop accepting donations from Sunday afternoon.

                      On Feb 14 the committee handed over an initial sum of 1 million baht each to the families of 27 people who were killed, and 100,000 baht each to 22 people who were injured and receiving treatment in hospitals.

                      At a meeting on Sunday, the committee decided the remaining donations will be used to provide thorough assistance to all victims.

                      The families of those killed and those who were injured with permanent disability will get a total of 2 million baht each.

                      Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha will chair a ceremony to hand over the additional assistance to the families on Wednesday, Mr Wichian said.

                      The rampage on Feb 8-9 left 30 people dead, including the gunman, and 58 injured.:
                      Keep your friends close and your enemies closer