JOHOR BARU - Amy Liew would not usually let any man into her shop but she broke the rule on Saturday which led to her tragic fate.
Liew's husband Toh Qing Foo said she had opened the beauty care centre with her sister in February and everything had been running smoothly.
"They usually do not open the doors to men, but because there was a woman, they let the three people in," he said.
The three entered the shop in Taman Bukit Indah here at about 11.30am on the pretext of being customers.
Police had said that the 39-year-old victim was stabbed twice in the abdomen and had four slash wounds on her neck, one on her back and another on her right hand.
The assailants took a mobile phone, a laptop and some cash.
When met at the Sultanah Aminah Hospital here yesterday, Toh and Liew's family were clearly in shock over Liew's death.
Liew's mother wailed: "She did not die naturally. Someone killed my daughter!" .
The mother and Liew's four siblings rushed from Pahang after receiving the news.
Liew's brother Chee Tong said his sister was a nice and hardworking person who had always made work and family her priority.
He added that she had rarely fought with anyone or kept grudges.
Nusajaya deputy OCPD Deputy Supt Razak Md Said said three suspects believed to be involved in the murder had been arrested.
"We have arrested two men, in their 30s, and a woman, in her 20s, within six hours of the incident," he said, adding that CCTVs from neighbouring shoplots helped track down the killers.