Change the mood from glad to sadness.
A friend, David MItchell, the owner of the Ginger Monkey Bar & Temple of Mishcheif was murdered early yesterday morning at his apartment behind the bar in Phnom Penh by several assailants who apparently were trying to rob his apartment when he came home with his girlfriend after closing the bar Tuesday night (early Wednesday morning).
People here, friends and aquaintances alike are all deeply saddened and shocked and send heartfet condolences to David's parents and his sister in England.
Evidently David was stabbed three times in chest and once in the neck and died before an ambulance arrived. According reports from several sources he was trying to save his girlfriend's life, and did... but at his own peril. He was thirty-six.
David was a fun guy and a great impresario.
His girlfriend was also stabbed and "slashed across the face, ears, throat and arms" according to The Cambodia Daily, and she was medevaced to Bangkok where we hear that she is in stable condition.
A very sad day here - its Thursday morning, found out about this yesterday at noon. Adding to the feeling of it all not being real is the fact that David's photo is on the front cover the Cambodia Pocket Guide, a tourist directory for Phnom Penh that is distributed for free at most bars, restaurants and hotels. He is on the cover receiving an award for the Ginger Monkey being voted Phnom Penh's best bar.
They caught one of the guys who did it. He is an 18 year old homeless speed addict named Tong Chen.
David at the Ginger Moneky bar he built and founded.
As far as I can tell, David was at the top of his game having moved here from England a bit over two and a half years ago to start the bar which has become very successful. David was a great guy, ran a popular fun bar, and had lots of friends who miss him - including me. The whole thing is shocking, brutal, tragic, stupid and depressing. It still feels quite surreal aorund here, let me tell you.
Some of the news reports that can be found online:
As I understand it, friends are keeping the bar running as it will take some time to arrage for a funeral and for the various legalities are sorted out with his family.
So maybe give it a day or two, but why not stop by the Ginger Monkey and have a beer to remember David. Live for today.
A nice obituary can be found at Khmer440.com.