SINGAPORE - She had plans to return home to Vietnam to visit her parents, especially her ailing father.
But she never got to see them.
Ms Tran Cam Ny, 32, was found dead in a two-room rental flat at Block 406 Ang Mo Kio Avenue 10 last Thursday.
A 40-year-old Singaporean, Jackson Lim Hou Peng, described by her family as her boyfriend, was charged with her murder last Saturday.
During her wake in a funeral parlour at Sin Ming Drive on Wednesday, her youngest sister, Miss Tran Thi Kiem Thu, 20, said that her sister had called home just two days before her death.
She told The New Paper in halting Mandarin: "She told us that she wanted to go home in about a month's time.
"She wanted to do her hair and she wanted to see our mother and father.
"Dad had to go for an operation and she had called to ask about him."
Miss Tran said that their father had wanted to come to Singapore for the funeral, but could not do so because of his health. "Our dad is sick. He cannot walk. He couldn't eat for several days (after he heard about what had happened to Ms Tran)."
She said that a friend had called her in Malaysia, where she works, to tell her about her sister's death. She then broke the tragic news to her mother in Vietnam.
Miss Tran said: "My mum cried when I told her. She said, 'Sister didn't do anything. Why did she have to die?'"
She then flew back to Ho Chi Minh City to bring her mother to Singapore for Ms Tran's wake and funeral.