Singapore funeral home owner charged in death of songwriting ex-lover

City Funeral Singapore owner Alverna Cher, at left, and the cover of ‘You’re Gone,’ her deceased ex-boyfriend’s song, at right. Photos: Alverna Cher/Facebook, Spotify
City Funeral Singapore owner Alverna Cher, at left, and the cover of ‘You’re Gone,’ her deceased ex-boyfriend’s song, at right. Photos: Alverna Cher/Facebook, Spotify

The head of a local funeral service was charged today with culpable homicide over the death of her ex-boyfriend in a Bedok Reservoir parking lot. 

The charge was read out to funeral director Alverna Cher Sheue Pin, 38, seven months after her ex-boyfriend Wee Jun Xiang, aka Sean, was found dead in a multi-story parking lot on Bedok Reservoir Road. The police classified the case as unnatural death at the time before later arresting Cher as a suspect.

Cher, a single mother of two who runs City Funeral Singapore, appeared in court today by video. She will remain in remand for another week and appear again on Dec. 10. If convicted, she could be jailed for life.

The court did not provide further details about 32-year-old Wee’s death, but the charges suggest they do not believe his murder was premeditated.

A song believed to have been recorded by Wee on Spotify, You’re Gone, was released just before he died. It is the only track published under his name. Cher, who has appeared on various media outlets promoting her business, also blogged about her life prior to Wee’s death.

Titled I’m a single mum, and my family is no less complete, Cher’s story was published May 12, four days before Wee died. In it, she shared her struggles of being a single parent, her hurtful relationships, and determination to succeed in her career. 

“Being a mum has changed my life. It has meant compromising on sleep and sacrificing personal freedom, but motherhood has also helped me to grow as a person,” she wrote. “Looking back, I am proud of what we’ve accomplished as a family. I managed to make a name for myself in the funeral industry, serving many families and doing pro-bono work for babies and the needy.

“Besides, to love and be loved by my two girls isn’t something that I would ever change for the world. Every roadblock we hit has been a learning point and we didn’t crumble but came out stronger and wiser,” she added.  

Cher said that her teen and young daughters had different fathers, the younger of which went to jail, leaving her with “his barely a month old funeral business and a five-digit debt to pay off.” 

It is not clear when Cher got involved with Wee. In the same blog post, she said that she was not in a relationship and was not looking for a partner. But if the right guy came along, she said, she “wouldn’t mind giving it a shot” although her expectations for men were “now higher.” 

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