Manraj Akalirai was attacked in South Vancouver by a large group on Elgin Street near East 47th Avenue, just south of Memorial South Park, at about 10:30 p.m. PT.
Several weapons were used in Vancouver's first homicide in 2013, including bats, clubs and a sword. Five men who were arrested shortly after the incident have been released without charge.
Police say Akalirai did not have a criminal record, but there are suggestions the attack had ties to the drug trade and a loose gang connection.
His family denies those allegations and describes Akalirai as a "well-mannered, humble and respectful individual".