An elderly man from the Sikh community was stabbed to death at a store in the US state of New Jersey on Thursday. This is the third such incident when a person from the minority Sikh community was attacked.
Terlok Singh was found dead by his cousin on Thursday in his store with an apparent stab wound in the chest, PTI reported. Singh, described as a very kind person, ran his store for at least six years. He is survived by his wife and children who live in India. He supported his family through his store.
Reacting to his brutal murder, Simran Jeet Singh, a visiting scholar at New York University’s Center for Religion and Media and a Senior Religion Fellow for the Sikh Coalition, said “this is the third attack on a Sikh in the last three weeks. So tired of all this sadness.”
On August 6 in Manteca, California, 71-year-old Sahib Singh was brutally attacked by Tyrone McAllister and a juvenile when the elderly man went on a morning walk.
Tyrone McAllister, who is this son of a local police chief, and the juvenile were charged with attempted robbery, elder abuse and assault with a deadly weapon.
On July 31, 50-year-old Surjit Malhi was attacked while putting up campaign signs in support of incumbent Republican Congressman Jeff Denham and other local Republican candidates.
While beating Mr Malhi, the attackers yelled “Go back to your country!” and spray painted the same message, along with hate symbols, on his truck.