“THE OLD WAY”
The reeling community came together on Monday once again as volunteers, soldiers, and officials mixed cement and spread gravel to prepare a field inside the temple complex for the cremations.
They were working to build the pyres in the style of Thailand’s northeast, said Maemon Meeyuan, a grandmother of one of the victims.
“We’re doing it the old way,” she told AFP Monday.
Prayut has ordered an investigation, with police stating that they intend to interview about 180 witnesses.
The attacker, 34-year-old former police sergeant Panya Khramrab, was dismissed from his post earlier this year on a drugs charge with locals claiming they suspected he was a methamphetamine addict.
However, preliminary tests found he did not have drugs in his system at the time of the assault.
At the temple ahead of the funeral, 75-year-old Komma Charoenchai said he was “still shocked” by the nursery assault.
But he said the community must “let the authorities handle the matter”.