The family of a young man swarmed by about 20 attackers and beaten to death with baseball and cricket bats was still trying to absorb the tragedy yesterday.

Born in Sri Lanka, 22-year-old Kristian (Kristy) Thanapalan came to Canada from Norway as a young child with his mother, Ahileswary Than-apalan, and father, Thana-palan Tharmalingam.

He lived northwest of Toronto in Maple and belon-ged to a close-knit family, with 30 cousins and siblings Krishna Thana-palan, 25, and Krishanthy Thana-palan, 19.

Police are appealing to members of the Tamil-Canadian community to “do the right thing” and urged anyone with information to come forward.

They appealed specifically to one member of the attacking group in particular, a man in his mid-20s who tried to intervene and stop the attack.

The attackers ranged in age from 16 to 25.

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