SINGAPORE — The wake for the victims of the Kovan double murder began today (July 14) at the Teochew Funeral Parlour along Ubi Road 4.
The sombre affair was attended by an estimated 100 people, including about 20 family members clad in mourning clothes. Commissioner of Police Ng Joo Hee and Deputy Assistant Commissioner of Police Alvin Moh, who is also Commander of Bedok Police Division, were present at the wake to pay their last respects.
Commissioner Ng, who expressed his condolences to the family, also handed personal letters from Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Home Affairs Teo Chee Hean to the victims' family
Earlier today, the family collected the bodies of Mr Tan Boon Sin, 67, and his son Tan Chee Heong, 42, from the mortuary.
TODAY arrived at the venue around 5.30pm while the funeral rites were being performed.
The wife of the elder Tan was sobbing in a corner. Half an hour later, the elder son of the younger Tan — around 10 years old — was not feeling well and had to be brought to a seat, where his grandmother comforted him and applied medicated oil on his temples.
As the rites drew to a close and family members made their rounds of the caskets, led by the priest, the wife of the elder victim sobbed loudly and had to be supported by family members. She wailed, mourning her “good son” in Mandarin.
The caskets were closed around 6.30pm, with the elder Mrs Tan crying for a last look.
The elder Tan is survived by his wife, a daughter and a son.
Earlier, the mother-in-law of the surviving son told the media that she thought the younger Tan was called home by his father that fateful Wednesday.
The woman in her fifties said the elder Tan was found with his wallet and Identity Card missing. All the items kept in the CISCO safe were also gone.
The suspect in the double murder, 34-year-old Iskandar Rahmat, will be charged in court tomorrow. It is understood he is currently being held at the Police Cantonment Complex.
Family members told Channel NewsAsia they still do not know of Iskandar's relations with the victims. They were also unaware that the older Mr Tan had made a police report over theft in November, where Iskandar was the duty officer.
Mr Ong Boon Kok, the older Mr Tan’s brother-in-law, said: "We have no idea either. My brother-in-law and my nephew, we were close, but of course their actual working situation, we don't know."
Madam Tan, a relative of the victims, said: "We're very thankful to the police, they were able to very quickly find out who did it, and let us have a peace of mind. After more than 50 hours, they were able to find out, and the government also stepped in, and comforted and showed concern."