A POPULAR young star of hit TV show The Voice has been gunned down by her estranged husband in the Cambodian capital of Phnom Penh.
San Sreylai, 23, was visiting a beauty parlour in the exclusive suburb of Boeung Keng Kang when she was shot multiple times, according to police.
The gunman was later identified as 53-year-old customs official Chey Rin, from whom Ms San reportedly separated last year.
Family and friends said the singer had often complained about Chey’s abusive and controlling behaviour and the negative impact it had on their two young sons.
Ms San’s sister San Kongkea said she had asked her husband for a divorce several years ago but he refused. She finally walked out on him last year after successfully auditioning for The Voice Cambodia.
“When she entered The Voice, the relationship become worse and worse because he is a jealous guy,” San Kongkea told TVFB.
A longtime friend of the singer revealed Chey continued to harass Ms San even after they split up.
“The husband did not want Sreylai to enter singing competitions. And since she became a part of The Voice, the husband kept quarrelling with her. Even though they already separated, he still kept bothering her,” the friend, identified only as Dara, told the Phnom Penh Post.
Security camera footage circulating on social media shows Ms San talking to Chey in the entrance of the up-market Vita Longa beauty clinic at about 4pm.
Ms San is then seen turning away before Chey whips out a gun and fires several shots at her before killing himself, according to the Post.
A security guard who was working on the opposite side of the street said he heard three to four gunshots and ran outside to find the couple’s bodies in the doorway of the clinic.