SINGAPORE - As the coffins carrying his father and brother were pushed into the cremation chambers on Tuesday, Mr Tan Chee Wee made them a solemn promise.
"Dad and brother, I will take care of our family," he said tearfully in Hokkien. "Don't worry, brother. Your kids are my kids now."
Emotions ran high on Tuesday as the Tan family bade farewell to Mr Tan Boon Sin, 66, and Mr Tan Chee Heong, 42, who were brutally murdered last week in Kovan.
The man accused of the crime, policeman Iskandar Rahmat, 34, was charged in court on Monday with murder.
He is in custody for further investigation, and the case will be heard again next Monday.
"I want to thank the police officers who helped with the investigations and those who provided evidence and eyewitness accounts," said Mr Ong Boon Kok, 49, the uncle of the younger Mr Tan.
But there was little solace for the two widows of the Tan family, as their husbands undertook their final journeys on Tuesday.
The elder Mr Tan's wife, Madam Ong Ah Tang, was too distraught to take part in the Buddhist funeral rites. She sat at the side, sobbing into the arms of a relative.
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