Two years ago, Navdeep Singh Jaryal Raj Kumar's father died and now the 13-year-old is one of the two Singaporeans still missing after the earthquake in Sabah.
His elder sister posted on Twitter last Saturday to say that she is praying for a miracle and wondered how their mother would cope if the worst- case scenario comes true.
That day, Navdeep's mother also uploaded a new profile picture of herself and her son, both dressed in Indian traditional costumes. She also changed her cover photo on Facebook, to one of her son eating a snack.
Several friends and relatives posted messages on her Facebook page, encouraging her to "stay strong" and "have faith". Many added that they were praying for him and his family. Her friends described Navdeep as being cute and handsome.
Navdeep's uncle told Chinese evening paper Lianhe Wanbao that the boy's mother and sister had flown to Sabah and were waiting there for news. The whole family is upset, he added.
Meanwhile, friends continued to encourage Navdeep's sister.
One of them wrote on Twitter: "Just close your eyes and think of every sweetest moment you both had... And I believe, he doesn't want to see you in this manner."
This article was first published on June 9, 2015.
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