Sabah quake: More details known about victims as families remember loved ones

Sabah quake: More details known about victims as families remember loved ones
Rachel Ho's father, Mr James Ho, 45, holds up a medal presented to him by Singapore's national netball team who had visited Rachel's wake on June 8, 2015.
PHOTO: The Straits Times

As Singapore observed a Day of National Remembrance for the victims who perished in the Sabah quake, more details about them have been made known.

Rachel Ho, one of the six pupils who died in the quake, had a passion for netball, and dreamed of being on the national team one day.

She and her family had gone to watch the Singapore-Thailand netball match during the SEA Games in Singapore on June 1.

The national netball team went to Rachel's wake on Monday afternoon, and presented her father with an autographed plastic medal.

Rachel's father, Mr James Ho, a banker, said in an interview with The Straits Times that it was comforting to know the whole nation was behind them.

He said: "When it was announced that Monday (June 8) would be a national day of remembrance, we were very touched.

"I'm thankful that we have given Rachel 12 wonderful years and she has given us 12 even more wonderful years."

Mr Ho had also described Rachel to Channelnewsasia as a bubbly and cheerful girl who made friends easily.

Rachel has an older brother, who is 15, and a younger brother, a Primary 1 pupil at Tanjong Katong Primary School.

Mr Ho recounted to the media that Rachel had cried before she left her family - an occurrence that was "rare", as she was a brave and independent girl by nature.

Her last words to her parents: "I miss you a lot".

12-year-old Ameer Ryyan Mohd Adeed Sanjay and adventure guide Muhammad Daanish Amran, 22, were laid to rest earlier on Monday.

Ameer was a student at the F17 Academy, a football academy started by footballer and coach Fandi Ahmad.

Ameer's coach said on Facebook: "He was a good kid and I will miss him dearly."

Friends, family and colleagues also bade farewell to Mr Daanish at the family's Toa Payoh flat on the fourth floor, where his body lay and the grieving family received them.

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