The family of a bank executive murdered in China was given special protection during a visit to retrieve his body, the dead man's father said yesterday. The body of Kevin Kong Chiu-fan, 31, a senior executive with French bank Credit Lyonnais, was returned to Hong Kong after he was stabbed during a robbery in Guixi, Jiangxi province, last week, relatives said. Kong's 61-year-old father said Public Security Bureau officers gave the family 24-hour protection while they collected the body of his son. He said: 'I am sure they are taking the case seriously and they gave us a lot of assistance. The security measures have obviously been tightened up. 'The whole family is devastated by his death,' he said. Kong's body was found in his bed in the Guiye Hotel, a guesthouse owned by Jiangxi Copper. The discovery came several hours before he and two other Credit Lyonnais officials were to sign a multi-million-dollar loan agreement with the company late last Wednesday. Mainland sources said a taskforce involving 50 detectives had been set up to find the killer. Kong was the only son in his family of five. He left a wife and a 10-month-old daughter, who live in Sai Kung.