Although I didn't know him well Khun Arom was well know to my in-laws, and most of town, as both a local politician and the owner of White Room, a restaurant-cum-bars in the city where my sister-in-law once worked.
Below is the news taken from this Bangkok Post article, one of media outlets to have covered it.
Five people - including two local politicians - have been killed in a shooting spree at a house in Saraburi.What the article doesn't state is some of victims were gunned down as they slept. Utter cowardice.
Chawalit Thipsawet and Arom Udomsan, local politicians in Muang Saraburi municipality, were among the five bodies found in the single storey house located in a 10-rai compound in tambon Phukhae, Chalerm Prakiat district.
So who did this awful crime?
The murderer is, at this stage unknown. Media report across Thailand, in both English and Thai, have suggested the attack came after a Friday night out but the local perspective is somewhat different.
From what I've heard, a number of army officers that regularly visit the bar had racked up a sizeable tab. During one visit, a few weeks ago, the officers were confronted about the debt and, upon refusing to settle it, fighting ensued with several officers hospitalised from their injuries.
There is speculation that the murders were revenge for the events of that evening.
Many are quick to blame the army although it remains to be seen exactly what did happen.
I sincerely hope the culprit is caught and brought to justice quickly. There is absolutely no justification for killing five men is cold blood.
It's hard to believe that in a country known as 'The Land of Smiles', where Buddhism preaches tolerance and patience, there are individuals with such callous disregard for human life.