Tears for fallen cop

Rel­a­tive says the slain po­lice­man is in heaven

New Straits Times - - Front Page - MELISSA DARLYNE CHOW KUALA LUMPUR darlyne@nst.com.my

TEARS filled a me­mo­rial ser­vice held in hon­our of Bripda Ridho Se­ti­awan, who was killed in the bomb blast in East Jakarta on Wed­nes­day.

Kom­pas.com re­ported that Ridho’s fa­ther, Gu­nawan, slumped just be­fore the cer­e­mony be­gan. With tears in his eyes, he sat on the steps of the Al-Ji­had Mosque in the Dasana In­dah hous­ing area in Ke­lapa Dua, Tangerang, where the ser­vice in mem­ory of Ridho was be­ing held.

Ridho’s mother, Hafi­fah, was seen sob­bing as she sat with the former’s two sis­ters. Fam­ily mem­bers and rel­a­tives were seen try­ing to con­sole her.

“Her brother is in heaven. He is our pride. Surely, his way is the best way,” a rel­a­tive said as he calmed the mother and sis­ter.

Ridho, more com­monly called Edo, is the youngest of three sib­lings.

Kom­pas.com re­ported that Ridho’s par­ents and two older sis­ters drove him to his fi­nal rest­ing place in Lam­pung Ten­gah, his birth­place.

He is one of three po­lice­men killed by a bomb at the Kam­pung Me­layu bus ter­mi­nal.

Ac­cord­ing to Detiknews news por­tal, Gu­nawan did not ex­pect that his son would be­come a vic­tim to the bomb­ing.

The news por­tal said Gu­nawan man­aged to call Ridho, but there was no an­swer.

“There was no news last night.

“As soon as the bomb went off, I called him, but his phone was not ac­tive.

“I thought he was asleep,” Gu­nawan said at the ser­vice.

Detiknews re­ported that yes­ter­day, Gu­nawan was awak­ened by a knock on the door, and it soon be­came clear that the per­son bore sad news.

Gu­nawan went to RS Polri Kra­mat Jati, where he iden­ti­fied the de­ceased as his son.

The other two po­lice­men who were killed are Bripda Ta­u­fan Tsunami and Bripda Imam Gi­lang Ad­i­nata.

It was re­ported that two sus­pected sui­cide bombers killed three po­lice of­fi­cers and in­jured 10 peo­ple night in the twin blasts.

Page one pic: The mother of one of the po­lice­men, killed by a sui­cide bomb at­tack, weep­ing dur­ing her son’s fu­neral in Jakarta, In­done­sia, yes­ter­day.

AP PIC

Po­lice of­fi­cers car­ry­ing the cof­fin con­tain­ing the body of Bripda Imam Gi­lang Ad­i­nata, who was killed in Wed­nes­day’s sui­cide bomb­ings, dur­ing a fu­neral pro­ces­sion in Jakarta, In­done­sia, yes­ter­day.

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