Lithuanian suspect denies all murder charges against Thai transgender woman in Surin, Buddhist cremation of victim proceeds yesterday

Surin –

A Lithuanian suspect, Mr. Marius, continued to deny all charges of murder and physical assault against a transgender woman, Teerapong Lamlua, in Surin last week while Teerapong’s body was cremated for a religious ritual yesterday, June 19th.

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According to local police, all of the collected evidence and witnesses’ statements had led to identifying Marius as the perpetrator. However, he denied all charges and is currently detained at Surin Prison while the investigation is undergoing.

On Sunday, Teerapong’s family, friends, and relatives hosted a funeral in her hometown in the Prasat district. Her pet dog “Emma” also joined the cremation and always looked at the coffin of her owner and closely followed the monk abbot throughout the ceremony, giving a heartwarming yet sorrowing sight to the attendants. Emma had been safely found after the death of Teerapong.

Teerapong’s mother told reporters that all of the family members are still in grief and are still worried about the case because the prime suspect did not admit to the killing yet.

She said: “Now, we can only wait for the forensic results to identify who is the real killer. Personally, we believe that he was the killer but we didn’t have scientific proof, so we hope that the police would find DNA evidence as soon as possible.”

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Nop Meechukhun
National News Writer at The Pattaya News from September 2020 to October, 2022. Born and raised in Bangkok, Nop enjoys telling stories of her hometown through her words and pictures. Her educational experience in the United States and her passion for journalism have shaped her genuine interests in society, politics, education, culture, and art.