Aug 25, 2019
Parmjit Singh, 64, was brutally stabbed to death while walking in his neighborhood in Tracy, in the Central Valley east of San Francisco. Singh, was wearing his traditional turban when he was killed. A 21-year-old man has been arrested in connection with his killing.
According to CBS Sacramento, the attack happened Sunday around 9 p.m. in the area of Gretchen Talley Park.
Parmjit Singh’s death has left the Sikh community on edge as his family copes with the loss of a man they describe as “nice, loving and caring.”
Singh’s son-in-law, Harnek Singh Kang, said he has struggled to break the news to his children. He’s grappled with how to explain that their grandfather “is no more.”
“When we try to explain, they start crying,” Singh Kang said. “My kids, especially, loved him so much.”
Parmjit Singh came to the United States from India in 2016. He worked at the Ghirardelli Chocolate Factory. He was often seen taking walks around the neighborhood. He enjoyed sports with his grandkids, including field hockey — a game his daughter, Singh Kang’s wife, played back in her home country.
“We are deeply saddened by the death of this elderly Sikh community member,” the group’s legal director Amrith Kaur said in a statement. “As we look to learn more, we expect that local law enforcement will continue to investigate this case thoroughly, including the possibility that bias was a motivating factor in his murder.”