Five killed

  • Five killed as car hits tree in Sukhothai

    A man was killed along with his boyfriend, parents and aunt after his car crashed against a roadside tree in Sukhothai’s Si Satchanalai district late on Friday night.

    Si Satchanalai police were alerted a few minutes after midnight that the accident happened on the Si Satchanalai-Uttaradit road in Ban Huay Sak village in Tambon Pa Ngiew. Saranyu Thanomjit, 25, was found dead behind the wheel by police and rescuers.

    His boyfriend, Nillakarn Kong-in, 26, was killed in the front passengers’ seat. Nillakarn’s parents – Jane Kong-in, 56, and Prathoom Kong-in, 48 – and Nillakarns aunt, Sakhon Bamrung, 53, were also killed.

    Rescuers used iron cutters to free passengers from the back seat and rushed them to the district hospital where they died. Police learned from Nillakarn’s relatives that the gay couple drove Nillakarn’s parents and aunt from Tambon Dong Khu to join a merit making rite at the house of Saranyu’s sister in Tambon Sarajit.

    They stayed there until late at night before they drove the parents and aunt home. Police suspected the driver dozed off, causing his car to crash into the tree at speed.

  • Five killed, dozens shot in Chicago ‘violent night’

    Washington – Forty-four people were shot across the Midwestern US city of Chicago Sunday, US media reported, with five killed in a wave of violence police branded “totally unacceptable.”


        Chicago Police chief of patrol Fred Waller told a press conference Sunday afternoon some of the shootings were “targeted” and related to gang conflicts.

    “The city of Chicago experienced a violent night. Incidents of either random or targeted shooting on our streets is totally unacceptable,” he said.

    CNN reported multiple shootings took place between midnight and 2:00 pm local time — with 10 taking place in just three hours from 1:30 am.

    Chicago experienced a near 20-year record number of murders in 2016, prompting President Donald Trump to regularly single out the city for criticism.

    But Waller said so far this year, there has been a reduction in shootings of over 30 percent in Chicago, while murders are down by 25 percent.

    “That’s not a victory by any means, or any stretch” he said. “But we continue to head in the right direction.”

    He also said more than 5,500 illegal guns had been confiscated from the city’s streets.

    “I promise this city, we won’t be defeated,” he vowed during the press conference.

    “We all live in this city. We all want this city to be safer.”

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