Distraught: Two family members of the teenagers who drowned in Sungai Muar sobbing after identifying the bodies recovered by divers from the Fire and Rescue Department. — Bernama
SEGAMAT: For Shafila Abdullah, losing eight friends in one day is more than she can bear.
The 16-year-old was the only girl in the group of 14 friends who had gone jogging along the Muar River on Friday before eight of them drowned.
Almost two days after the incident, Shafila was still trying to come to grips with losing so many of her friends almost before her eyes as they had been with her and five others just minutes before their deaths.
With tears in her eyes, Shafila said she would miss her friends and always remember their time together as the best moments of her life.
“All of them were my good friends. All of them treated me like a sister, but I was especially close to Mohd Shafiq (Md Syukor). I will miss him the most
“Now I will never again hear him sing and play the guitar to cheer me up whenever I am feeling down,” she said when met at the scene yesterday.
She said Mohd Shafiq was also the one with whom she shared most of her thoughts and feelings.
Recalling the fateful day, Shafila said she had accompanied her friends to go jogging but did not join them when they swam in the river.
“After our morning jog, we were supposed to head to the town to celebrate another friend’s birthday. But it was not to be as eight of my friends drowned,” she said.
An emotionally distraught Puziyah Ahmad, 42, the mother of 14-year-old Mohd Nazreen Zainal, said that she felt relieved that her son’s body was found yesterday.
“I could not recognise my son at all because his body was bloated. It took me a while to recognise him.
“If I only knew this tragedy would happen, I would not have woken him up early on Friday so that he could join his friends to go jogging,” she said.
Bodies of last five victims found