Thai welder killed while helping victim

The stabbing death of a foreign worker from Thailand Sunday has shocked friends and coworkers.
Apichat Sudsaneh, 38, was preparing to return to his home in Thailand this week. ((Facebook))
A foreign worker from Thailand was stabbed to death Sunday while coming to the aid of an assault victim

Apichat Sudsaneh, 37, had been working as a welder in Edmonton for the past two years, and was preparing to return to Thailand this week.

Naamta Winner, of the Alberta Thai Association, said he volunteered regularly for events the association was involved in, such as Heritage Days. She also said he attended services at the Thai temple every Sunday.

He will be missed, Winner said, fighting back tears.

Co-workers said he was a good-natured man, who had been sending money home to his mother in Thailand.

Sudsaneh lived in an apartment near the scene of the stabbing at 80th Avenue and 99th Street.

Friends who lived in the same apartment told CBC News that two people from the building went to the liquor store at Whyte Avenue and 99 Street about 1 a.m. Sunday to buy some beer, but returned after they found the store was closed.

On their way back, two men tried to rob them.  As they ran from the assailants, one got caught and beaten. When Sudsaneh tried to help, he was stabbed.

An autopsy was scheduled to take place Monday afternoon.

No one has been arrested or charged in the attack.