GEORGE TOWN: The Social Security Organisation (Socso) has come to the aid of T. Nhaveen’s family.
Nhaveen, who died last Thursday after he and his friend were allegedly attacked by a gang of youths several days earlier, was working as a part-time promoter at a shopping mall and was entitled to Socso benefits.
His father R. Thirumaran, 48, and mother D. Shanti 43, each received a RM1,000 cheque as bereavement benefits.
The cheques were handed to them by Penang Socso director Anthony Arul Dass yesterday.
The family will also receive RM672 a month from Socso to be divided among Nhaveen’s father, mother and his 15-year-old sister T. Thivaashini, said Anthony during the handing over of the cheques.
He said the parents would receive the monthly benefits for their lifetime.
Thivaashini will receive it until she turns 21 or when she gets married, whichever is earlier.
It was reported that Nhaveen was found unconscious around midnight on June 10 at a field next to Jalan Kaki Bukit in Bukit Gelugor.
He and his friend T. Previin, 19, had gone to a burger stall in Gelugor for a snack and were set upon by a gang of youths, whom Previin identified as their ex-schoolmates.
Nhaveen, who would have turned 18 in December, finished Form Five last year and was going to enrol at a private college this month to pursue his dream of becoming a music composer.
On Monday, unemployed S. Gokulan, 18, college student J. Ragesuthen and two secondary school students, aged 16 and 17, were jointly charged with murdering Nhaveen and causing grievous hurt to Previin.
Meanwhile, a video purportedly of the mother of one of the accused asking for forgiveness has gone viral.
The woman also said that her son was not a gangster.