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Mother of teacher shot dead in Bangkok calls for swift arrest

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The mother of a young teacher shot dead in Bangkok has urged investigating officers to arrest the perpetrator as soon as possible. According to a Thai PBS World report, Manee Sinprasert says her 47 year old daughter, Sirada, was a teacher at the Sacred Heart Convent School in the Khlong Toei area of the capital.

The gunman is thought to be a student and it’s understood Sirada was caught by a stray bullet as he opened fire on a group of students from another educational institution.

The alleged gunman is reported to have got off a motorbike before firing shots at a group of students from Rajamangala University of Technology. Sirada was passing by at the time and was struck in the head. She died at the scene. A student was also seriously wounded in the incident.

According to Manee, the teacher was planning to marry her boyfriend of 5 years next year. Sirada’s mother added that her daughter would call her every evening and they would chat for around half an hour.

On the day of the shooting, there was no call, but Manee didn’t think anything of it until a relative who taught at the same school as Sirada called to say her daughter had been fatally shot.

Witthawat Chinkham from the Metropolitan Police Bureau says officers have so far questioned 7 witnesses, understood to be classmates of the wounded student. The students say they are in their first year and have never been involved in any rivalry with other students.

According to Witthawat, officers will need time to collect sufficient information in order to request an arrest warrant for the suspects.

SOURCE: Thai PBS World

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