On July 30th, the funeral of the deceased, Song Yuwen, was held at the parents’ home. Chen Shi called all the police involved in the case to go on standby nearby and went to the funeral with Lin Dongxue and Xu Xiaodong.
Lin Dongxue kept asking him, "Are you sure the murderer is among the people coming today?"
"It’s actually Ms. Song?"
Chen Shi made a gesture to signal her to be quiet. "Don't be so obvious, even if you know it in your heart. Be careful not to hit the grass and startle the snake."
Song Yuwen’s parents and younger brother were in front of Song Yuwen’scasket. The mother had swollen eyes from crying so much. Whenever someone came over to mourn, the family of the deceased bowed down to return their respects. Chen Shi and Lin Dongxue also wore black clothes and bowed before the casket and altar. They bowed three times andburnedthree incense sticks.
The Song family’s house was very large. The living room was enveloped in a sad atmosphere, but the other rooms were different. Chen Shi walked back and forth and saw some relatives in the master bedroom chatting together, talking and laughing. From their clothes, they seemed to be middle-class.
There were also some relatives outside the door, including Ms. Song and Mr. Shi. Everyone smoked while talking and laughing. Judging from their clothes, they were not well-off.
Lin Dongxue commented in a low voice, "Poor relatives and rich relatives will always conscientiously divide themselves into two groups. The segregation between the rich and the poor is able to block familial affection more than blood relationships."
"Relatives are nothing more than strangers who are related by blood," Chen Shi said.
At this time, Song Yuqiang came out and said, "Officers, you’re here!"
Chen Shi asked, "Don't you need to keep watch besides your brother's casket?"
"My dad asked me to rest for a while and told me to greet you. All of the people here today are relatives. You don’t know them, so it’d be awkward to be standing here yourselves."
Chen Shi smiled at Lin Dongxue. "It's okay. I'm with her, so I don't feel embarrassed no matter where I go."
"Hah, you two are really well-matched. Oh yes, the matter I talked about before."
"Let’s talk somewhere else!"
There were people in every room of the house. They could only go to the kitchen. Even the kitchen had several uncles smoking inside. When they saw people coming in, they moved aside. Song Yuqiang took out a tablet. "This is what you wanted to see."
Lin Dongxue leaned over to have a look. "What?"
"I asked Yuqiang for them. They’re all pictures of his brother from childhood to adulthood." Chen Shi took the tablet and looked through them.
Song Yuqiang was very attentive to Lin Dongxue. "Officer Lin, do you want to drink anything? I'll get it for you."
"No need. I need to ask you something... There are many relatives in your family."
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