A pensioner from Thailand, Thanapat Anakesri, allegedly took revenge on his childhood bully 50 years later by shooting him dead at a school reunion party.
Anakesri, 69, a former navy officer, was invited to the event on Saturday afternoon to meet former classmates from the school in Ang Thong, central Thailand.
But at the end of the party, Anakesri confronted his former tormentor Suthat Kosayamat, 69, about how he bullied him when they were both 16.
Anakesri began arguing with Kosayamat, a tailor, who said he could not remember what had happened between them.
A fight broke out between them when Anakesri ordered Kosayamat to apologise to him which he refused.
Anakesri allegedly drew a handgun gun and shot his former classmate before fleeing the room.
Kosayamat was rushed to hospital and later pronounced dead.
The class of 1966 president Tuean Klakang, 69, who organised the event, told police that Anakesri would often complain about Kosayamat, but he did not believe it was such a serious issue.
“Thanapat would get drunk then often talk about how angry he was about being bullied by Suthat. He never forgot about it.
“But as these things happened such a long time ago, I would never have imagined that he would have killed his friend like this. We are all shocked by it.”
Kosayamat was given a traditional Buddhist funeral on Wednesday with friends and relatives in attendance.
Police are now searching for Anakesri as he has fled his home and is now believed to be living in a neighbouring province.