Elderly Sikh Man Stabbed to Death in California, No Arrests Yet

On December 28, another elderly Sikh man was brutally assaulted by two persons in Fresno.

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A 68-year-old Sikh man was stabbed to death in California’s Fresno city on January 1, prompting police to launch a hate crime probe into the city’s first homicide.

Gurcharan Singh Gill, an employee at a local liquor store at Shields Express in West Shields Avenue was at work when he was stabbed to death in broad day light, Lieutenant Mindy Casto said.

While investigations are still on, local community members feel Gill was attacked due to his identity and skin colour, Casto added.

When officers of Fresno Police Department arrived at the scene, they found an elderly man lying in the shop. The emergency medical team tried to provide first-aid but Gill had already died, Fresno Bee reported.

The motive and cause of death are not known yet. His death marked the city’s first homicide of 2016, the police said. On December 28, another elderly Sikh man was brutally assaulted by two persons in Fresno. No arrests have been made in either cases. The police have appealed to the local people to report if they find any leads to the incident.

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