Reuters journalist shot, killed in Bangkok protests

Posted Apr 12, 2010 by Riccardo Valsecchi
On April 10, Hiro Muramodo, a Japanese cameraman for Reuters, was killed by a stray bullet during the riots in Bangkok, Thailand
Image of the violent clashes at Bangkok s Democracy Monument on April 10  2010
Image of the violent clashes at Bangkok's Democracy Monument on April 10, 2010
Bangkok Post Video
Hiro Muramoto was a Tokyo-based Japanese national who worked as a cameraman for Reuters for more than 15 years.
Muramoto had been covering fighting between troops and protesters in the Rajdumnoen Road area that erupted into Bangkok's worst political violence in 18 years. Suddenly a stray bullet has hit and killed him.
"Reuters is dreadfully saddened by the death of our colleague Hiro Muramoto, a cameraman who was killed in the Bangkok clashes," said David Schlesinger, Reuters Editor-in-Chief. "Journalism can be a terribly dangerous profession for those being thrust into the center of the action. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Muramoto-san's family. All of us at Thomson Reuters mourn this terrible tragedy."
Twelve people, including three soldiers, were killed and more than 500 people were wounded during the fighting.
Hiro Muramoto was 43 years old, and he is survived by his wife and two children.
His camera was given back to Reuters by the rioters. Above is his last video.
Farewell, Muramoto-san.