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Death of man at high school murder: wife

The wife of a man police believe killed himself urges investigation

A WOMAN whose husbandwas found hanged in a classroom of his children's school on Friday has urged police to investigate the circumstances surrounding his death.

Khut Onn, 49, from Russey Keo district told the Post Friday that her husband's death at Russey Keo High School was not suicide, as police have suspected, but murder.

"I believe my husband, Soun Bunsour, was killed by someone because in his bag he had 300,000 riels for buying meat to make wedding food, but the police found only 10,000 riels on him," she said.

Khut Onn said that she and her seven children had relied on the money from her husband's job as a farmer and a motodop.

"We are poor but we were living with happiness, so I strongly believe that my husband did not kill himself," she said, adding that her husband was polite and never got angry at anyone.

Sok Kou, a deputy police officer in Russey Keo commune, told the Post Friday that he wanted to conduct a full investigation but that the body had now been cremated.

"We wanted to send the body to be assessed at a Phnom Penh hospital, but the family of the man demanded his body to be sent to the pagoda for a traditional Khmer cremation," he said.

Meanwhile, children and staff at the school are still dealing with the shock of finding a body hanging in their classroom.

Toun Ravy, the school's mathematics teacher, told the Post Friday that the event has deterred students from studying.

"The students are refusing to study in the classroom because they are still shocked by the hanging body," he said.

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