Thai student, 26, slain in US

Thai student, 26, slain in US

Thai authorities are arranging to bring back the body of a female Thai student killed in Pittsburgh in the US on Thursday.

Sek Wannamethee, head of the Foreign Affairs Ministry's Information Department, said yesterday that Pittsburgh police found a man and a woman shot dead in an apartment in North Oakland on Thursday.

Police said evidence at the scene indicated that the woman, 26-year-old Mahidol scholarship recipient Chalalai Chaihirankarn, was killed by her Thai-American boyfriend, Bryan Springer, 29, before he turned the gun on himself.

Chalalai was studying for a computer science doctorate degree at Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) while Springer, also a CMU alumni, worked as an engineer at the university's Computer Science Institute.

Sek said police suspected the apparent murder-suicide was caused by jealousy.

He said the Office of the Civil Service Commission branch in Washington relayed the tragic news to Chalalai's family and Mahidol University and told the Royal Thai Consulate General in New York to issue her death certificate.

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette said that two days before the bodies were found, Springer bought a Glock handgun and 20 rounds of ammunition, saying he needed it for "protection".

The Iron City Armory in Collier said Springer passed a background check for criminal convictions, protection-from-abuse orders and other factors that would have prohibited him buying the gun.

"According to friends, the couple's relationship was troubled. However, there did not appear to be any signs of a struggle," Pittsburgh police Major Crimes Commander RaShall Brackney said on Friday.

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