PETALING JAYA: Social media users have shared their condolences on Twitter minutes after a brain-dead teenager, who was brutally assaulted and sodomised last Friday night, succumbed to his injuries at the Penang Hospital today.
Northeast district police chief ACP Anuar Omar said police were notified by the hospital that T Nhaveen, 18, had died at 6pm.
Many Twitter users called for justice for Nhaveen.
“Rip nhaveen. We will find justice for you. That’s a promise,” user OfficialjoannaJ wrote.
“The guy Nhaveen passed away. Devastating news. Really hope the bullies are charged with murder,” wrote Jagmeet_93
Similarly, soniamaniam tweeted: “So disheartened to hear T. Nhaveen has passed away. Hopefully, justice will be done regarding this. Rest in peace boy.”
Twitter user mahaganapathy wrote: “Sad, Sad, Sad…..Rest in Peace bro Nhaveen. Justice must prevail.”
Twitter user Vinochini and debhasri27 also expressed deep sorrow over the incident.
“DEAR NHAVEEN, you may be gone but you’ll always be remembered. I don’t even know you but my heart broke the moment I read the news,” said Vinochini.
“May Nhaveen’s soul rest in peace. He’s no more. Wonder how’s his family gonna live without him. This world is so cruel and terrible! Saddening,” wrote debhasri27.
Nhaveen was assaulted by five youths with crash helmets late Friday night. The five, aged 16 to 19, have been remanded for rioting.
Nhaveen suffered internal bleeding and injuries to his abdomen and private parts. He also had cigarette burn marks on his back.
His anus had been penetrated with a blunt object.
He was placed at the brain-related intensive care unit of Penang Hospital.
The assault on Nhaveen garnered nationwide interest, with an NGO planning to hold candlelight vigils in Ipoh, Klang Valley and Johor Bahru today.
Last night, a crowd of 200 people held prayers outside the hospital for Nhaveen’s recovery.
More than half of the crowd did not even know Nhaveen, but were there to show moral support.
Nurul Azwa and Afiqah Farieza contributed to this article.