A pall of gloom descended over Om Satyam Apartment in Sector 4 Dwarka, residence of slain Delhi Police inspector Mohan Chand Sharma.
The atmosphere that was grim since afternoon, turned grave in the evening after his death.
Mediapersons were not allowed to go up to his seventh floor apartment. Neighbours said Sharma's wife Maya was not talking with anybody as her blood pressure plummeted, leading to bouts of unconsciousness.
Sharma's 14-year-old daughter Himani and his parents were at home as relatives, friends and well-wishers started pouring in. His son 13-year-old Devanshu is in Karla Hospital to undergo treatment for dengue.
Apart from his wife and two children, Sharma leaves behind his parents--who stayed with him-- and five sisters.
An inspector who did not wished to be named said Sharma's father had gone to the hospital. However, his body would be brought only on Saturday morning, and then taken for cremation. Sharma could possibly be the first Delhi police officer who could be given an out-of-turn promotion after death, sources said.
Amardeep, who lives in the same D wing as Sharma, said: "Mohan generally had a very hectic schedule. Despite that, whenever he would get time, he used to go for morning walks, where we exchanged 'hellos'. I will miss him."
Earlier at the hospital, the tough looking men from the Special Cell were visibly shaken as they knew his condition was deteriorating.
Though none of them was saying anything, their eyes said it all; they were all seething with anger against those who were responsible for Sharma's condition. The respect that Sharma commanded was evident from the beeline his colleagues made outside the hospital.
When many of them left around 6 p.m., there was an air of anxiety and mixed hope. But the hope was shattered soon after as the news about Sharma's death broke around 7 pm.