For the most part, Germaine Ng kept her composure at the funeral mass for her mother and grandmother.
At Mandai Crematorium, the 17-year-old polytechnic student delivered a calm and measured eulogy, smiling and thanking relatives and church friends for attending the funeral and wishing that her lost ones could rest in peace.
But just before both bodies were cremated, Germaine broke down in the viewing gallery while more than 50 friends and relatives repeatedly sang Christian hymns.
As the two coffins entered the furnace, the crowd sobbed and the hymns stopped when Germaine shouted: "Ah Ma, Mummy, forgive each other.
"Ah Ma, forgive her. Rest in peace, Ah Ma and Mummy. I'll be okay, I'll be okay. My eyes are just raining only."
Early on Wednesday, Germaine's mother, Madam Andrea Tay, 51, and grandmother, Madam Rosaline Lim, 75, were found dead at Block 105, Ang Mo Kio Avenue 4. . Madam Lim was found in their four-room flat with multiple stab wounds, while Madam Tay was found at the foot of the block, having apparently jumped from their kitchen window on the sixth storey.
Neighbours told The New Paper that mother and daughter often quarrelled. They had also heard loud shouting on the night of their deaths.
TNP understands that Germaine was in the flat at the time and called the police.
She turned up at the funeral mass at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church yesterday, accompanied by a middle-aged woman.
Relatives and church friends said the woman was a close friend of Madam Tay, and Germaine is staying with her for the time being.
Germaine and the woman politely declined to be interviewed.
Several people in the crowd teared up and cried when the bodies appeared at the church, having been brought from the Singapore General Hospital mortuary.
Most of the mourners were from the Catholic Church of Christ the King in Ang Mo Kio, where Madam Lim had been an active parishioner. She frequently helped out in cooking and washing duties at the church.
Another relative, who said she was Madam Tay's cousin, said: "I read about them in the papers and none of us knows what happened. The family is grieving now."
A church friend, who declined to be named, said: "It's a tragedy, but I'm happy to see Germaine being strong and telling us that she wants to move on."
This article was first published on June 7, 2014.
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