Singaporeans grieve over 11-year-old brothers’ deaths

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The twins were said to have special needs.

A day after news broke about the death of two 11-year-old brothers, members of the public lined a large canal in Upper Bukit Timah, where their bodies were said to have been found, with candles and flowers.

One sign, handwritten on a paper plate that was cut in the shape of a flower, read: “May your souls rest in peace and give your family closure. No one deserves this, we mourn as one.

“God bless your souls and your family. Rest in peace, little angels.”

The boys, who were said to have special needs, were found motionless near a playground along Greenridge Crescent on Friday (Jan 21) night. Their father, who had called the police for help, will be charged with their murder on Monday.

The boys were identified as Ethan and Ashton Yap. Their father is Xavier Yap Junh Houn.


Offerings left near a drain at a playground along Greenridge Crescent in Upper Bukit Timah, where two 11-year-old boys were found dead.

The small playground is located at the edge of a quiet and hilly residential neighbourhood. The canal — where the boys’ bodies were said to have been found — cuts through the playground and leads into a forested plot of land behind.

The Straits Times

People offering prayers at a canal next to Greenridge Crescent playground.

Earlier on Saturday, the police said it had received a call at about 6.25 pm on Friday from a man asking for help at a playground along Greenridge Crescent.

When officers arrived, the man’s two sons were found lying motionless in the vicinity of the playground.

They were pronounced dead at the scene by a paramedic.

It is understood the bodies were found in a large and deep canal which cuts across the playground in a corner of the quiet and leafy private housing estate of terrace and semi-detached houses.

The man will be charged in court on Jan 24 with murder under Section 302(1) of the Penal Code 1871, they also said, adding that investigations are ongoing.

The offence carries the death penalty.

The police had said earlier that they were investigating ‘the unnatural deaths” of the two boys.