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A promising life cut short: Remembering Afifah Munirah Muhammad Azril, a ‘high-flier’

In the local community of Pasir Ris, she was a familiar face and a beacon of inspiration for many. Afifah Munirah Muhammad Azril, a former head prefect of Meridian Primary School, was known for her leadership qualities and academic prowess. However, her life was tragically cut short in an accident that shook the nation.

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According to The Straits Times, On the morning of April 22, 2024, Afifah, then a Year 1 student at Temasek Junior College, was involved in a six-vehicle accident at the junction of Tampines Avenue 1 and Avenue 4. The collision occurred while she was on her way to her college’s running event at Temasek Polytechnic, claiming her life at the tender age of 17.

A promising life

Growing up, Afifah was regarded as a ‘high-flier’ by her peers and juniors. In Primary 6, she held the esteemed position of head prefect at Meridian Primary School, where she was known for leading the school in singing the National Anthem and reciting the pledge.

Her former primary school classmate, a 12-year-old boy living in the same block as her in Pasir Ris, shared his fond memories of Afifah with The Straits Times. “When I was in Primary 1, I sensed that many teachers held her in high regard. She would lead the school in singing the National Anthem and reciting the pledge. She was definitely a high-flier,” he said.

Afifah’s academic achievements continued to soar in secondary school, where she attended Cedar Girls’ Secondary School. In 2020, she returned to her alma mater to nurture and speak to pupils, further solidifying her reputation as a role model for the younger generation, reported The Straits Times.

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A tragic end

The morning of April 22 began as any other for Afifah and her family. However, their lives were irrevocably changed when Afifah was involved in a fatal accident while on her way to her college’s running event.

The accident occurred at approximately 7am, leaving seven other people injured and two, including Afifah, dead. Her young neighbour, a Primary 6 pupil at Meridian Primary, was among those who mourned her loss. “She was definitely a high-flier,” he said, echoing the sentiments of many who knew Afifah.

A community in mourning

The news of Afifah’s untimely death sent shockwaves through the local community of Pasir Ris. Her former classmates, teachers, and neighbours struggled to come to terms with the loss of such a bright and promising young individual.

A bouquet of flowers placed below the traffic light near the accident site at Tampines Avenue 4 served as a poignant reminder of the tragedy that occurred there. Meanwhile, on Cedar Girls’ Instagram page, condolences poured in from well-wishers who were deeply saddened by the news.

Afifah’s family, too, was left reeling from the loss. Her father, Muhammad Azril, an officer in the Police Coast Guard, suffered kidney- and spine-related injuries in the accident. As he lay in the hospital, Afifah’s family members tried to cope with their loss, remembering the bright and promising life that was cut short far too soon.

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A poignant reminder

In a poignant reminder of life’s unpredictability, Afifah’s story serves as a reminder to cherish every moment and to never take life for granted. Her legacy as a ‘high-flier’ and a role model for the younger generation will live on, inspiring those who knew her and those who will come to know her story.

As the community continues to mourn the loss of this promising young individual, they take solace in the fact that Afifah’s spirit will live on in the hearts and minds of those who knew her. Her memory will serve as a beacon of inspiration, reminding us all to strive for greatness and to never give up, no matter the challenges that may come our way.

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