Paralympic athlete’s wedding rampage ends in tragedy in Nakhon Ratchasima

Picture courtesy of KhaoSod

A national paralympic athlete turned groom unleashed terror at his wedding celebration, killing his bride, her mother, sister, and two other guests before turning the gun on himself. The horrific incident occurred yesterday at around 11pm in Nakhon Ratchasima.

The crime scene, a tent set up for the wedding celebration, was located next to the Wang Nam Khiao district market. The area was strewn with food, beverages, tables, and chairs, while terrified guests scattered. All four victims were found at the scene, succumbing to gunshot wounds.

Fifty year old Thong Nonkuntod, and 28 year old Bamrung Chatherat, were rushed to the hospital by Nakhon Ratchasima Volunteer Rescue Unit 31. Unfortunately, Thong later succumbed to his injuries, bringing the death toll to five.

According to Police Lieutenant Colonel Rungroj Tangamnuay, the head of Wang Nam Khiao Police Station, preliminary investigation revealed that the couple argued about the celebration.

The 29 year old groom, Chaturong Suksuk, was a former soldier who lost his right leg in a train accident and was a nationally disabled swimmer. He had won a silver medal in the 11th ASEAN Para Games in Indonesia and was set to participate in the 2023 World Abilitysport Games, reported KhaoSod.

The wedding celebration began in the morning with a ceremony and a feast in the evening. Before the incident occurred, the couple was seen arguing. Chaturong, intoxicated, knocked over a table causing a commotion. He then retrieved a 9mm CZ automatic pistol from his car and started firing at guests. He shot his bride, 38 year old Kanchana, her mother, 60 year old King Klajoho, and her sister, 37 year old Kornida Manator, and injured Thong and Bamrung. After the shooting, Chaturong shot himself.

The crime scene contained the firearm and eleven bullet casings. Further investigations are being conducted to ascertain the motive behind this horrifying incident.

Wachirawit, a 23 year old nephew of one of the deceased, Thong, narrated his near-death experience. He had joined the celebration and was drinking with the rest when he heard gunshots. Startled, he took cover under a table and managed to escape unharmed.

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