Those we have lost

Nitikorn Sae Wang, 26: Thai worker who never got to meet his son

Murdered by Hamas terrorists in Kibbutz Kfar Aza on October 7

Nitikorn 'Lee' Sae Wang (Screenshot)
Nitikorn 'Lee' Sae Wang (Screenshot)

Nitikorn “Lee” Sae Wang, 26, from a village in the Chiang Rai province in northern Thailand, was murdered by Hamas terrorists in Kibbutz Kfar Aza on October 7.

His friend, fellow Thai laborer Wayo Yama, described the moment of the attack in a harrowing interview published by the Kan public broadcaster.

When they heard the missiles start, Yama said, they ran for their shelter. Shortly afterward, he said, “four men showed up, they came straight up to our house, they were in plain clothes, but they had guns, grenades and knives,” recounted Yama.

“Lee was sitting in the shelter next to the house,” he continued. “They pointed the gun at him, on his head, so he walked along with them.”

Yama managed to escape out the window, but Nitikorn was killed alongside their other friend, Settha “Tom” Homsorn, while others were taken captive.

“I am sorry that I couldn’t save them,” he said. “I saw it all but I couldn’t do anything. I am so sorry about this. And I want to tell them that I miss and love them very much.”

Nitikorn’s body was returned home to Thailand on October 26 for a funeral ceremony. He is survived by his wife, Weeriya, their almost two-year-old son, Sittichai, and his parents, Charin and Naiyana.

On October 12, when Nitikorn’s fate was still unknown, his wife, Weeriya, told a local news outlet that she last heard from her husband before 11 a.m. local time, when he said that there was rocket and gunfire and he was hiding in a shelter.

Weeriya said that they borrowed 110,000 baht ($3,000) to fund his travels to Israel so that he could make money and provide for them to “start a family, build a house, buy a car, pursue a career.”

When he left for Israel more than two years before he was murdered, Weeriya was four months pregnant: “He has not seen his child’s face since he was born. Now my son is 1 year and 11 months old and he has never met his father.”

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