SINGAPORE - The police are surrounding my sister's house and we don't know why. That was what Madam Ong Ah Tang's brother had told me as we stood with her near the blood-stained road outside the metal gate of 14J Hillside Drive last Wednesday evening.
Unknown to her, the bloodied body of her husband lay inside.
While we stood there in pale sunlight around 5.30pm, one could only imagine what was running through her head.
But whatever the thoughts were, they could not prepare her for what she was about to hear when the police took her and her brother, Mr Ong Boon Kok, aside.
Then, after a moment, it sank in - she had lost her husband and her son.
Mr Tan Boon Sin, 66, and Mr Tan Chee Heong, 42, had been killed, allegedly by police officer Iskandar Rahmat, that afternoon. The elder Mr Tan was found dead with slash wounds in his house while his son was found dead outside Kovan MRT after being dragged by a car for about 1km.
Both men she deeply loved brutally murdered. Both gone in an instant. With that, one of the darkest hours of her life began.
She broke down almost immediately and wailed loudly as she was led into a disused school building opposite her house. I saw her slumped on the shoulder of a relative, sobbing, before police cordoned off the area.
The wailing continued till midnight. She and her family members were driven off in four cars at 5.30am the next day.
Madam Ong was next seen at the mortuary on Sunday, when she turned up to claim the bodies of her husband and son. She was calm then, but not for long.
She was seen to be so distraught later during the wake she had to sit out the prayers.
When asked to say goodbye before the coffins were sealed, she had to be supported by her younger son and older brother. Wailing loudly when she saw the bodies, she was taken away again.