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Wedding Turns Funeral After Chonburi Groom-to-Be Shoots Self Dead

Ko Chan police interview the fiancee of a would-be groom who shot himself in Chonburi.
Ko Chan police interview the fiancee of a would-be groom who shot himself in Chonburi. (Photo: Pattaya Mail with permission.

Plans for a Chonburi wedding became funeral arrangements after the would-be groom killed himself after a fight with the bride-to-be.

Sawanghet Phanat Nikhom medics and Koh Chan District police arrived at a platform house in Nong Pladuk to find the 42-year-old man identified only as Taveesak lying at the foot of the stairs with a single gunshot to the temple. A 38-caliber pistol as found at his side.

He was pronounced dead Sept. 16 at Koh Chan Hospital.

Taveesak’s mother said she had rushed home from a visit to Bangkok after her son called, asking if there was a gun in the family home. She knew that he was distraught after his fiancée had disappeared a few days before their wedding.

What she didn’t know, however, was that the runaway bride had returned with plans to call off the wedding and move out.

She told police they had argued bitterly, with Taveesak even throwing a beer bottle at her.

She had begun packing her clothes into her car when she heard the gunshot.

Police will continue investigating, but initially ruled Taveesak’s death a suicide.

A version of this story first appeared in the Pattaya Mail, a Bangkok Herald partner.