CTE crash: Love with no boundaries ends in tragedy
He learnt Korean for her and she was willing to convert to Islam, says a friend
Their love story is a perfect example of how love has no boundaries.
He learnt Korean for her and she was willing to convert to Islam for him.
Singaporean Amron Ayoub, 23, was convinced that he was destined to spend the rest of his life with his 24-year-old girlfriend, Miss Jamie Song Jisoo.
Nothing could keep them apart. Not even death.
The couple were killed together in a road accident in the early hours of National Day last Friday.
Their close friend, Mr Zaid Zainuddin, told The Sunday Times: "The news was hard to accept since I just spoke to Amron on the phone the day before.
"He was his usual self, sounding very happy. He told me that Jamie's family was here and that he had bought a life-size Minion (cartoon character). We joked a lot and I was looking forward to meeting him this Hari Raya."
The meeting never happened.
On that fateful morning, Mr Amron was taking Miss Song, her parents and older brother to the airport where they were to catch a flight to Hong Kong for a holiday.
They were travelling in Mr Amron's family car - a Toyota Wish - on the Central Expressway (CTE) in the direction of Seletar Expressway when a tyre burst and Mr Amron had to stop the car to fix it.
He pulled up at a chevron area near the Yio Chu Kang exit and all of them got out of the vehicle.
Mr Amron, Miss Song and her parents were apparently standing behind the car when a multi-purpose vehicle (MPV) hit them, killing Miss Song and her parents instantly. Mr Amron suffered multiple injuries and died in hospital.
Miss Song's older brother Seoung Hwan, 30, was unhurt as he had been standing by the side of the road. The 34-year-old driver of the MPV was arrested for dangerous driving causing death.
Yesterday, Jihwan, a professional golfer based in China, was accompanied by his younger brother and a Chinese friend at the mortuary.
The Song brothers appeared composed and asked to be left alone to grieve.
Mr Amron's family declined to comment when The Sunday Times visited their home yesterday.
Even though Mr Amron's body had been buried last Friday, his family members turned up at the mortuary to meet the Song brothers. The group of about eight people left at noon without claiming the bodies of Miss Song and her parents.
Mr Zaid, who visited Mr Amron's family last Friday, said his mother appeared very distraught.
Mr Amron, who had three sisters, was the second child in the family. Like many young men, he had big dreams. He was training to be a pilot in Malaysia, said Mr Zaid, who met him when they were students at Singapore Polytechnic. Both were members of the students' union and became close friends.
Mr Zaid said it was perhaps "destiny" that Mr Amron and his girlfriend died on the same day. "Although they didn't live together, they were inseparable," he recalled. "Whenever I saw Amron, I would see Jamie. Amron always told me that he was the happiest man in the world after he met Jamie.
"Amron told me that he liked Jamie very much and they had been talking and planning their future together.
"Amron said that he had asked Jamie if she would convert to Islam and she had indicated that she was willing to do so for him. She had also picked up Malay and could speak a little with Amron."
The couple met at Zouk three years ago, where Mr Amron was a regular patron. He was serving his national service and she was studying in a private school. Their eyes met across the crowded dance floor and Mr Amron was so smitten that he went up to introduce himself.
"At that time, he was recovering from a bad break-up," said Mr Zaid. "It took them a while to be finally together."
He added that the couple are remembered fondly for the surprise parties that they loved to throw for each other.
In March, Miss Song, who was working for an engineering company here, threw a surprise party for Mr Amron's 23rd birthday, and invited all his close friends.
"And last year, Amron threw a surprise party to celebrate Jamie's 23rd birthday. He invited her close friends, as well as his friends," said Mr Zaid.
"At the party, he recited a long message to Jamie in Korean, which none of us could understand. She was so touched that she broke into tears and replied to him in Korean. It was a very special moment for them."
"They were inseparable... Whenever I saw Amron, I would see Jamie. Amron always told me that he was the happiest man in the world after he met Jamie."
MR ZAID ZAINUDDIN, a close friend of Mr Amron Ayoub's