GoFundMe page started for Indian American store clerk shot in Whittier

Maninder Singh Sahi
Maninder Singh Sahi

Armed robber who shot at 7-Eleven clerk Maninder Singh in California still at large.

The American Dream of a young man from India was cruelly dashed when he was fatally shot by an armed robber as he attended to his duties as a 7- Eleven clerk in Whittier, California.

Maninder Singh Sahi, who had come from India to work in the US, is survived by his wife and kid who are in India.

Sahi was attending to his duties when a black man with a partially covered face holding a semi-automatic handgun, entered the 7-Eleven store located at Santa Fe Road on Saturday evening.

According to initial reports, the intruder who had apparently entered the store to commit robbery attacked without provocation as Sahi did not retaliate.

The police have released a video clip of the robber, who is still at large to help identify him.

Meanwhile in India, Sahi’s wife and son underwent huge emotional trauma on hearing about his sudden death and had to be hospitalized due to nervous breakdown, according to Lt. Dominic Iraldo who is working on the case.

Friends and family of Sahi in the US have started a GoFundMe page to help send his body back to India.

Describing Sahi as a simple man, the GoFundMe page says: “I have lost my close brother in a fatal murder. He was a loving father, brother, and son. He never said any wrong thing to anyone ever.

“He used to work as a cashier at 7-11 in Los Angeles county where a black male came and shot him for unknown reasons.

“He left behind, his parents, his wife and two small children, ages 5 and 9,” it said. “I am seeking assistance to help send his body back to India so his wife and kids can view him one last time.”

Out of the goal of $30,000 more than $26,000 have been raised in less than a day since the campaign started.

Indians working at grocery stores in America have been an easy target for both robbers as well as racists. Several Indians have lost their lives over the past few years.

Factors such as working in small towns and cities and a knowledge that Indians do not generally possess guns have made them more vulnerable.

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