Calgarian’s body to return from Thailand Saturday
"Their (family’s) shock has turned to grief, and their grief has turned to disbelief and frustration and anger."
The body of a Calgary man shot and killed in Thailand on Sunday will be returning home this weekend.
Leo John Del Pinto, 24, was killed in Pai, Thailand, outside a bar after an altercation with a Thai police officer resulted in Del Pinto being shot twice — once in the face and once in the torso.
Family spokesman Ross Fortune confirmed to Metro that the Thai authorities will be releasing the body and Del Pinto is expected to be back in Calgary with his family on Saturday.
“The family initiated the process (yesterday) of planning funeral arrangements. It’s hard for them but they just want Leo home where he belongs,” Fortune said.
While Del Pinto was killed on Sunday, the family’s grief has really started to kick in now, according to Fortune.
“Their shock has turned to grief, and their grief has turned to disbelief and frustration and anger. They are devastated by this. They are a big family and they have come together but it’s a really difficult time.”
However, Fortune said the family is still seeking information about the case from Thai authorities, including details about the accused police officer Sgt. Uthai Dechawiwat.
“They want the Canadian government to step up to the plate and get to the bottom of this and ensure justice is served. If it was murder we want the Canadian government to pursue it as well,” Fortune explained.
Meanwhile, Del Pinto’s close friend Carly Reisig, who was shot in the chest during the altercation, continues to recover from her wounds in a Thailand hospital and was released from intensive care yesterday.
The Thai officer has been charged with premeditated murder and “intent to kill”. He was released on bail.