Cash donations from the public, the police and Thailand’s private sector will be handed over today to the families of those killed in the Nong Bua Lamphu shooting. Nation Thailand reports that the fund now stands at over 9 million baht, according to a Royal Thai Police statement.
Last week, a police officer who had been sacked for drug offences went on a shooting rampage at a childcare facility in the north-eastern province, killing 36 people. Among the dead are 24 young children. Following the shooting at the nursery, the gunman returned to his home where he killed his wife and young child before killing himself.
Damrongsak Kittiprapas, national police chief, says the Royal Thai Police, the private sector and the general public have all contributed to the funds raised to support the victims’ families. It’s understood around 2.5 million baht in donations from the private sector and the public was recently handed over to the police force.
“The police will hand out the cash donations to the victims’ relatives on the cremation day on October 11.”
The police chief went on to say people should ensure they donate to reputable organisations on behalf of the families and not to fall prey to criminals who may seek to profit from the tragedy. He added that police officers and their family members may still make donations to the National Police’s bank account, which will be passed to the victims’ families.
SOURCE: Nation Thailand