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Thailand grieves for victims of mass shooting

Mourners left flowers and written messages in front of the Terminal 21 shopping center in northeastern Thailand on Feb. 10, a day after the end of a disgruntled soldier’s shooting rampage that killed at least 29 people.

On Feb. 10, a woman held a bouquet aloft, hands folded in prayer outside the mall in Nakhon Ratchasima city as others signed cards and offered comfort to each other.

A candlelight vigil was held the night before as Buddhist monks led prayers and people laid down white flowers in memory of the victims of the attacker, who hit four locations around the city.

“You have this rage, it fills you,” said local resident Chirathip Kurapakorn at the vigil.

“It just happened right here in our hometown behind us, like right in our heart of everything. It’s just tragic.”

People leave flowers and written messages in front of Terminal 21 shopping mall after a shooting in Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand, Feb.10. (Photo by Soe Zeya Tun/Reuters)

Many of those killed in the weekend attack were at the shopping center, the last stop for the soldier, who held out against an overnight siege with weapons stolen from his army base before being shot dead by security forces on Feb. 9.

The soldier, angry over a real estate deal gone awry, began his rampage by killing his commanding officer at a private home on the afternoon of Feb. 8.

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He then moved on to his military base, where he killed a guard and stole high-powered weapons and ammunition from the armory, and then fled in a stolen Humvee to a Buddhist temple, where he killed nine people before driving to the Terminal 21 mall.

At least 29 were killed and 57 wounded across all the locations.

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