SUBANG JAYA, Selangor - Bank executive Jessie was waiting for her fiance to buy some medicine from a nearby convenience store. He never returned.
The 30-year-old canopy dealer, known only as Subramaniam, was brutally slashed by six men armed with parang at about 8.30pm on Friday.
As he was trying to flee the attackers at Taman Puchong Perdana here, he was knocked down by a car.
Police believe that revenge was the motive for the killing.
Jessie, 25, said she did not believe it when her neighbours told her about what had happened.
She broke down after identifying the body and was comforted by a relative.
"I could not recognise him at first because his face was crushed.
"I was only able to identify him from his slippers and motorcycle," she said, adding that they were engaged three months ago and had been living in a low-cost terrace house nearby.
Subang Jaya OCPD Asst Comm Yahaya Ramli said Subramaniam had just parked his motorcycle in front of a supermarket when six men armed with parang attacked him.
"They repeatedly slashed him. He tried running away but only made it for 10m before he was knocked down by a car.
"The men, some of whom came on motorcycles, fled the scene after the car hit Subramaniam," he said, adding that the driver of the vehicle did not stop.
ACP Yahaya ruled out gangland links to the attack, adding that it looked more like an act of revenge to settle an old score.
"Subramaniam was in jail for five years for causing grievous hurt to a relative. He was released last year," he said.
ACP Yahaya said police would go through closed circuit television camera recordings to identify the killers.
Police have classified the case as murder. The body was sent to Hospital Serdang for an autopsy.
A neighbour said since Subramaniam was released from jail, he had been busy with his canopy rental business and was also working part-time as a lorry driver.
"It really seemed like he was trying to change. His death was a shock," she said.