GEORGE TOWN - The teenage orphan who was murdered in an attack by a group of men was not a troublesome boy, said a shelter home.
Ramakrishna Ashrama Penang chairman K. Ramasamy said Muneeswaran, 16, had not caused any problem during his eight-year stay there.
"He left the home after his elder brother, who was working, offered to look after him last May.
"He was all right. However, I understand that he dropped out of school without completing his PT3," he said here yesterday.
Muneeswaran's parents, said Ramasamy, died years ago and the boy had stayed at the orphanage since he was seven.
Muneeswaran, who worked at a car wash centre, died on the spot after being assaulted near the Carnarvon Street and Prangin Street Ghaut junction at 7.30pm on Wednesday.
Police have picked up seven men, including the owner of the unlicensed car wash centre, in the investigations into the murder.
Penang CID chief Senior Asst Comm Datuk Mazlan Kesah said the seven, aged 27 to 51, were nabbed less than 20 hours after the incident.
Six of them have since been remanded until Wednesday to help in the investigations under Section 302 of the Penal Code for murder.
Police recovered a broken plastic chair and a 0.9m-long electrical cable believed to have been used in the attack.
A post-mortem revealed that Muneeswaran died from head injuries caused by blunt force trauma.