Sombre farewell for murdered teen

Goodbye, Shameera.

Family and friends of 16-year-old Shameera Basha, who was murdered at her home on Thursday, paid their final respects at the Choa Chu Kang Muslim Cemetery on Saturday evening.

She was found with two fatal stab wounds in a bedroom at her home in Tampines.

The family's Indonesian domestic helper, 28-year-old Tuti Aeliyah, has been charged with murder.

Throughout the day, the mood was sombre as relatives and friends streamed into the flat, waiting for her body to be returned from the mortuary. Dressed in traditional clothing, they spoke in hushed tones.

When approached, they declined to comment - only saying that they needed some privacy.

Shameera, who was described as bright and bubbly, was buried at about 5pm in the presence of about 50 family members and friends.

Her father stoically looked on, although he was seen dabbing away his tears towards the end of the burial.

Her mother, who had also appeared calm earlier, broke down in tears.

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