British tourist Stephen Ashton shot dead in Thailand

First of the 2013 headlines which started out on a sad note ….

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Death in Thailand

I didn’t know him,
that ordinary guy,
away from home with mates, in Thailand.
Seeing out the old,
seeing in the new,
partying the whole night through,
just an ordinary guy.

Stephen Aston was his name.
Wrong place, wrong time.
His only crime?  To be there.
Just an ordinary guy.

Twenty-two,
on Koh Phangan,
caught up in two gangs’ affray.
Alive on New Year’s Eve,
shot dead on New Year’s Day.
Why there?  Why then?  Why him?
There’s no good time to die
for an ordinary guy.

 

1st January 2013 – headline from the BBC

Notes:  “British tourist Stephen Ashton shot dead in Thailand”

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