The entire Sikh community has come together to donate money for any leads about the suspect in the killing of Parmjit Singh.
The small city of Tracy, a Sacramento suburb, which witnessed the gruesome murder of an elderly Sikh American on Sunday night, is still under a state of shock. Parmjit Singh, 64, was taking a walk in Gretchen Talley Park around 9.00 pm on Sunday, when he was stabbed to death by an unidentified assaulter.
The suspect still remains at large, even after the police released a surveillance video, which shows a man running across the area around the same time Singh was found murdered. Now the family and the community have decided to step up and try to nab the killer.
On Thursday, Parmjit Singh’s family offered a reward of $20,000 to anyone who can give any clues leading to the arrest of the suspect. The community has contributed toward the reward.
The Tracy Police Department released another video that shows Parmjit Singh walking toward the park just a few minutes before he was found murdered. The police also posted a Homicide Investigation Reward Announcement. It also posted a statement on its Facebook page: “Through generous donations from community members, the family of Parmjit Singh has announced a $20,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of the suspect responsible for his murder,” the statement read. “The new video on this post shows Mr. Singh just before the incident occurred on August 25th, at about 9:00 PM.”
Interim Chief of Police Alex Neicu said he is thankful for the opportunity to join the family at the announcement and is hopeful the reward will help bring the suspect to justice. It is important to have the community’s support during this time, he said.
The motive behind the crime is still being investigated, the police said, adding that, in spite of unsubstantiated talks of about this being a hate crime, the Tracy Police Department has not received any evidence that would support that motive at this time. “We have and will continue to investigate all evidence in this case in the pursuit of the suspect, wherever that evidence leads,” the statement said. “The FBI is providing the Tracy Police Department with technical assistance, as they have done in many other cases. Additionally, we are consulting with other departments in the region, consistent with the pledge to leave no stone unturned in our pursuit of justice.”
The statement also included the following request: “If anyone has any information, please contact Detective Camillo Swiger at (209) 831-6648 or Detective Jarrod Jesser at (209) 831-6640. You can also contact Tracy Police general line at (209) 831-6550 or Tracy Crime Stoppers (209) 831-4847 / 24 Hours a Day – 7 Days a Week, TEXT: Text “TIPTPD plus your message” to 274637 (CRIMES) message and Data Rates may apply. Text “STOP” to 274637 to Cancel. Text “HELP” to 274637 for Help”