A U.K. man jailed for killing two friends in a car crash was viciously stabbed to death Sunday after a gang charged into the house he was staying days after his release from jail.

Dwayne Ayres, 20, was jailed last year for causing the death of two teenagers after crashing his car into a tree while under the influence of cocaine. Ayres, the father of a 16-month-old boy, was attacked at a house in a quiet residential area in Hampshire, England, early Sunday morning.

Ayres was pronounced dead after friends rushed him to a hospital in Surrey.

Eight men and a woman were being held in connection with the attack amid suspicion that it might have been carried out as revenge for the crash in March last year. Six of those detained were accused of murder and three are accused of aggravated burglary.

Ayres was sentenced to two years in jail last year after he admitted causing the deaths of Callum Forbes, 15, and John Bryant, 18.

The court was told that Ayres had been driving at high speed while under the influence of cocaine. He lost control of the car, bounced off a curb and hit a tree outside a school. Two other teens were injured in the crash. Ayres suffered a punctured lung.

Residents of the street where the murder occurred said that there had been an incident at the house two weeks ago when a door was kicked in. One man, who asked not to be named, said: "It sounds as if someone was looking to settle a score — possibly over the deaths of the two boys. He had only just come out of prison after serving his sentence for causing death by dangerous driving."

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