Thai groom kills bride and other 3 victims before committing suicide

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Jealousy led to a deadly shooting at a wedding ceremony in the northeastern province of Nakhon Ratchasima. A Thai groom killed his bride, her family members, and a guest before taking his own life.

Wang Nam Khiao Police Station officers rushed to a house in the Wang Nam Khiao district in Nakhon Ratchasima after receiving a report of the shooting. On arrival, the officers discovered a chaotic party with broken glasses and bottles together and damaged chairs and tables.

Police found four lifeless bodies including the 29 year old groom named Jaturong “Jack” Sooksook, 38 year old bride named Kanchana “Pu” Jantuek, 37 year old bride’s sister named Kornnida Manator, and the 60 year old bride’s mother named Kingthong Klajorhor.

Two others were injured at the scene including a 50 year old Thai man named Thong Nonkhuntod and a 28 year old Thailand named Bamrong Chataerat. Both were taken to hospital, but Thong died on the way.

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Guests who witnessed the incident waited for police at the scene, some of them still shocked and scared. The witnesses told the police that Jack and Pu held a wedding ceremony at their house in the morning and the celebration continued into the evening.

While some guests and members of the bride’s family drank alcohol together, Jack and Pu had a heated argument out of jealousy. The witnesses said that Pu was beautiful and friendly, so she talked to each guest and enjoyed drinking with them.

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Jack thought that some of the guests liked his bride and thought he was inferior because he had a disabled leg and was many years younger than the bride. Jack was drunk and did not like the way Pu greeted each guest and became angry.

Jack destroyed everything in the ceremony before running to his car to get his gun. He shot Pu’s mother and sister, Pu and the other two men before shooting himself in the head. The weapon used in the murder, a 9mm pistol, was found near Jack’s body.

ThaiRath reported that Jack was a former Paralympic athlete who competed in international swimming and shooting competitions. He was also a gun collector, but officials did not report whether his gun ownership was legal or not.

If you or anyone you know is in emotional distress, please contact the Samaritans of Thailand 24-hour hotline: 02 713 6791 (English), 02 713 6793 (Thai), or the Thai Mental Health Hotline at 1323 (Thai). Please also contact your friends or relatives at this time if you have feelings of loneliness, stress, or depression. Seek help.

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