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Thursday January 31, 2013 MYT 12:00:00 AM
Monday April 22, 2013 MYT 2:41:45 PM
by andrea filmer
WITH her favourite tunes playing in the background, family and friends of Elizabeth Cheang bid her a fitting farewell in a special tribute held by the Batu Ferringhi beach in Penang.
Dressed in identical white T-shirts bearing her face and a quote from her favourite song Don’t You Worry Child, the group released 200 white, heart-shaped balloons and penned their last messages to the 24-year-old on a large cloth banner.
Rocky Cheang, 35, one of Elizabeth’s three older brothers, said her road accident and death had caught everyone by surprise.
“It was so sudden that we all felt that we didn’t get to say a proper goodbye. This tribute is a proper goodbye.
“The event would be recorded on video and burned onto CDs. This way, years from now, people can still look back and remember her,” he said, adding that video messages from friends as far as the United Kingdom, United States and Singapore had also been recorded and compiled.
Elizabeth, a property realtor whose passion for electronic dance music (EDM) was well-known by her peers, was killed on Jan 12 when the Porsche 911 Carrera she was riding in crashed into a tree in Kelawai Road.
The driver of the car remains warded at Penang Hospital with life-threatening injuries.
At the tribute entitled One Last Moon recently, representatives from six groups of friends stepped forward to eulogise Elizabeth, fondly known as Eli.
Former schoolmate Jacquelyn Soon, 24, said she had met up with Elizabeth at least once a week, even after they had both left SMK Convent Pulau Tikus.
“On the outside, she was shy, soft-spoken and sweet, but she was actually fun and crazy on the inside.”
Ng Lee Yip, 23, and Adelyn Ng, 22, who had both met Elizabeth through mutual friends, said it was EDM that had forged their friendship.
“Some people go to rave parties just to party, but Elizabeth went for the music.
“She used to find new songs and share them with us online. It was really the music that brought us together,” Lee Yip said.
Elizabeth’s ex-boyfriend Steven Khaw, 24, who was also at the tribute, described the nine years of their relationship as “the best time” of his life.
“Whenever she was sad, she was strong and never took it out on anyone. She taught me so many things — to forgive and forget and to reach out and help people when you’re down.
“Even now, when she’s gone, I’ll keep those things and try to live up to them,” he said.
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