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Kovan murders: Friends, relatives bid teary final farewell to victims

The younger son of murder victim Tan Chee Heong waves goodbye as the hearse carrying the body of his father leaves the Teochew Funeral Parlour. -- ST PHOTO: KUA CHEE SIONG
The younger son of murder victim Tan Chee Heong waves goodbye as the hearse carrying the body of his father leaves the Teochew Funeral Parlour. -- ST PHOTO: KUA CHEE SIONG
A small bouquet of white roses that was placed on top of the casket of the younger murder victim, Mr Tan Chee Heong. -- ST PHOTO: KUA CHEE SIONG
A small bouquet of white roses that was placed on top of the casket of the younger murder victim, Mr Tan Chee Heong. -- ST PHOTO: KUA CHEE SIONG
Family members walk past the coffins of the two Kovan murder victims as part of Buddhist funeral rites. -- ST PHOTO: KUA CHEE SIONG
Family members walk past the coffins of the two Kovan murder victims as part of Buddhist funeral rites. -- ST PHOTO: KUA CHEE SIONG
Priests lead the funeral procession of the two Kovan murder victims, Mr Tan Boon Sin, 66, and Mr Tan Chee Heong, 42. -- ST PHOTO: CAROLINE CHIA
Priests lead the funeral procession of the two Kovan murder victims, Mr Tan Boon Sin, 66, and Mr Tan Chee Heong, 42. -- ST PHOTO: CAROLINE CHIA
The 10-year-old son of murder victim Tan Chee Heong is comforted by his mother and other relatives after the cremation of the two Kovan murder victims at Mandai Crematorium. -- ST PHOTO: CAROLINE CHIA
The 10-year-old son of murder victim Tan Chee Heong is comforted by his mother and other relatives after the cremation of the two Kovan murder victims at Mandai Crematorium. -- ST PHOTO: CAROLINE CHIA
Mandai Crematorium's Hall 1 was packed with over 100 family members and friends wanting to say their final goodbyes to the two Kovan murder victims, Mr Tan Boon Sin, 66, and Mr Tan Chee Heong, 42. -- ST PHOTO: AMELIA TAN
Mandai Crematorium's Hall 1 was packed with over 100 family members and friends wanting to say their final goodbyes to the two Kovan murder victims, Mr Tan Boon Sin, 66, and Mr Tan Chee Heong, 42. -- ST PHOTO: AMELIA TAN

Mandai Crematorium's Hall 1 was packed with over 100 family members and friends wanting to say their final goodbyes to the two Kovan murder victims, Mr Tan Boon Sin, 66, and Mr Tan Chee Heong, 42.

Mr Tan Boon Sin's wife, who did not follow the hearses to the crematorium, was sobbing as the rest of the family circled around the two coffins as part of Buddhist funeral rites. She was too distraught to take part.

Mr Tan Chee Heong's wife was calm and sat quietly on a bench in the hall. Family members took turns to take care of the younger Mr Tan's three-year-old son. They carried the boy and offered him snacks.The boy seemed unaware that he would be bidding goodbye to his grandfather and father.

Younger brother, Tan Chee Wee, was heard shouting at the funeral in Hokkien: "Dad, brother, don't worry I will take care of the family. Brother, your kids are my kids." The bodies were cremated around 3.40pm on Tuesday afternoon.

Mr Tan Boon Sin and his son, Mr Tan Chee Heong, were found dead about 1km apart in the Kovan neighbourhood last Wednesday. The suspect, Iskandar Rahmat, 34, was charged in court on Monday.