New York-based United Sikhs is raising money to cover the funeral expenses.
While a manhunt is underway to identify and arrest the suspect in the killing of Sikh American Parmjit Singh in Tracy, California, on Sunday, the Sikh community and minority rights organizations across the United States are trying to pitch in to help his grieving family.
The New York-based United Sikhs, an international humanitarian non-profit organization, has stepped up to legally represent Singh’s family and ensure that the assailant is nabbed soon and brought to justice.
The organization has created a fundraiser to help the family cover funeral expenses during these trying times. A GoFundMe page has been set up to cover the funeral and memorial costs. The goal is to raise $30,000.
United Sikhs is urging people of all faiths to come together and help support Singh’s family, living in Tracy. All proceeds will go directly to the family.
On Sunday night, 64-year-old Parmjit Singh was taking a night time stroll inside the Gretchen Talley Park in his neighborhood. Minutes later, he was found stabbed and bleeding.
While the community suspects it to be a hate crime, police are investigating the matter.
The Singh family on Thursday announced a reward of $20,000 for anyone who could provide any clues on the stabbing incident. Sikh organizations are also urging the FBI to look into the matter.
Police have released a video footage in which a man is seen running around the same time.
Singh was a regular at the neighborhood park and would be seen taking a walk by the neighbors daily.
Singh, who came to the US from India in 2016, used to live with his daughter and son-in-law Harnek Singh Kang and three grand-children.
The Sikh community has a significant presence in the Central Valley and Northern California. Members of the community have been targets of a number of attacks in the recent past, and some civil rights organizations say that the attacks have been the highest since 9/11.
According to Sikh Coalition, Parmjit Singh’s death is the seventh attack on an elderly, turban wearing Sikh man since 2011 in the Central Valley and Northern California region.