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Family of brothers killed in Tampines accident mark first death anniversary

Published on Jan 28, 2014 12:21 PM

Family members of brothers Nigel and Donavan Yap, held a short prayer session at Mandai Crematorium on Tuesday morning, to mark the first death anniversary of the boys - a day after a truck driver was jailed for two weeks over the fatal road traffic accident.

Eight family members and friends from church joined Mr Francis Yap, 42, and his wife, Madam Suliani Ang, 39, in a 15-minute prayer session in front of the niche where their sons' ashes are kept.

It was an emotional day, especially for the boys' grandmother, who was seen sobbing. "Why must this happen? Chinese New Year used to be such a happy occasion. No matter how poor I am, I have my grandsons. Why must they be taken away from me? How do I carry on?" cried out the grandmother, who had travelled to Singapore from Batam for the anniversary.

Nigel Yap, 13, and Donavan, seven, were killed near their home when a truck driven by Munir Mohd Naim, 57, hit them on Tampines Street 45 at about 5.40pm. Nigel was cycling across the road with his brother riding pillion.

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