OFFICIALS are building 36 temporary crematoria at the lawn in front of three temples in Nong Bua Lamphu province where a former policeman killed 36 small children and adults at a child care centre last Thursday (Oct. 6), Matichon newspaper said today.
The victims will be cremated together on Tuesday (Oct. 11) after three days of prayers with construction of temporary brick crematoria necessitated by there not being enough for all of them within the three temples, Wat Sri Uthai, Wat Nong Kung Si and Wat Sri Samran.
Royal bathing rites for all 36 victims will take place at 3 p.m. today
Some of the grief-stricken relatives collapsed when they received the bodies yesterday and had to rest on mats with officials taking care of them.
Weeping parents of the young victims brought blankets, feeding bottles, uniforms and toys which they placed on top of the coffins. Some of them put food and yoghurt there too.
The aunt of a two-year-old boy who was killed said he was fond of dinosaurs and playing football with his nickname being “Captain” and he had just got a haircut.
However all three temples refused to cremate the body of the killer, Pol. Lt. Col. Panya Khamrab, as they did not want a ceremony to be held for him at the same place where his victims are being cremated.
Sorrowful relatives pray for the mass killing victims. Photos: Matichon
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