“No child should have died this way.” These sad words spoken by one of the two fishermen, Satarudin Kamal, who found William Yau's severely decomposed body near his fishing boat got me all choked up.
Satarudin, 45, and his friend Yusof Osman, 53, had gone to the jetty to check on their boats well after 6pm on Thursday, and were shocked to find a boy's highly decomposed remains floating next to his boat.
Like many of us, they have been reading about William's disappearance last Wednesday in the newspapers and when they saw the body, their hearts sank.
“The parents must be going through great sadness, and we feel their pain,” Satarudin said.
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Investigators are now trying to piece together what actually happened to William Yau. Was it foul play or was it a misadventure that he wandered too far off and fell into a drain and got carried away to the Klang River.
While many speculate that six-year-old William Yau Zhen Zhong had fallen into a drain when he went missing more than a week ago, a check by The Star found no large drain near the electronics appliance shop in Putra Heights where he was last seen.
Netizens have rallied around the grieving parents of William Yau Zhen Zhong with words of comfort and sympathy.
The Facebook page of William's mother Goh Ying Ying is flooded with condolences.
How did he die? This is the frontpage headline on The Star today. I hope he did not suffer pain.
Below is a video of the jetty where William's body was found and the interview with one of the gentlemen who found him and how they tied the body to the jetty to prevent it from floating away.
Although William's parents, Yau Kok Kang, 32, and Goh Ying Ying, 26, identified his body based on the shorts and underpants he was wearing and scars on his head, police are still awaiting DNA test results, due to be released on Monday, to be 100% sure.