GEORGE TOWN: Teenage murder victim T. Nhaveen (pic) may have been an introvert but he was not short of friends, which was evident at his funeral, with more than 1,000 people turning up to bid him farewell on his final journey.
Nhaveen’s remains were cremated at 4.32pm yesterday after final rites were performed at the Batu Gantong Crematorium, where his coffin was carried from the funeral parlour by his friends.
Attendees wailed and consoled one another. Many carried placards with the words #justicefornhaveen and chanted those words to the beating of drums as they walked in the funeral procession.
Nhaveen’s mother D. Shanti, who stayed back at the parlour during the procession, joined the others just before his remains were cremated.
The grief was palpable at the funeral parlour with relatives and friends arriving to comfort Shanti and her cousin G. Premalatha, 35, as many other friends and teenagers openly wept.
One relative who saw photographers snapping away at the grieving family told off the media, insisting on privacy.
M.G.R. Devan, the uncle of T. Previin who was with Nhaveen during the assault, said at the funeral that his nephew had not been told of Nhaveen’s death as the family did not want to shock him.
Among the VIPs who came to pay their last respects to Nhaveen were Women, Family and Community Development Minister Datuk Seri Rohani Abdul Karim, Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng and Deputy Chief Minister ll Dr P. Ramasamy.