April 17, 2021, New Mexico, USA
The mass shootout at FedEx Ground facility in Indianapolis killed 8 people and the gunman himself. It has intensely struck the Indian American Sikh community that lost 4 Sikhs in this incident. Sikh Dharma Universal (SDU) is shaken and mourns the death of all the victims.
We pray for those who lost their lives. From the Sikh community:
Jaswinder Singh, aged 68
Amarjit Sekhon, aged 48
Jaswinder Kaur, aged 50
Amarjit Kaur Johal, aged 66
From the general community: John “Steve” Weisert, aged 74
Karli Ann Smith, aged 19
Mathew R. Alexander, aged 32
Samaria Blackwell, aged 19
The Chairman of SDU, Bhai Sahib Satpal Singh, expressed his deep condolences to the victim’s families. He said, “The incident is extremely heart-breaking and I offer my deepest condolences to the victims and their families. Sikh Dharma Universal stands in support of the families in their tough times and prays for their strength and wellbeing.”
He further added, “Our organization is in constant touch with the families as well as administrative and other community leaders. We are hopeful of a transparent and full investigation of the shooter’s intent.”
According to one of the members, “We panicked and waited with our families to hear how many of our community people were affected. The answer devastated us.” The shooting happened at a facility that was heavily occupied by Sikh employees.
The gunman was later identified as Brandon Scott Hole, a 19- year-old former employee of the package shipping company. His mother warned the FBI in March 2020 regarding her son’s intentions of committing suicide-by-cop. Following her complaint, the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department admitted Hole to a mental health facility. Insufficient evidence, however, led to the closure of the investigation back then.
The US President, Joe Biden, has referred to this incident as a national embarrassment. The Sikh community feels President Biden must take strong action against all violence committed against people of all faiths, religions, ethnicities, and colors and must bring changes in the gun laws with comprehensive background checks.
Sikh Dharma Universal (SDU) stands in solidarity with the Sikh community in Indianapolis and with our brothers and sisters in the Sikh American, Asian American, African American and all other communities.
We grieve and pray for all the deceased and the families who lost their loved ones in this senseless shooting.
Sikh Dharma Universal or SDU is a non-profit spiritual organization based in New Mexico, the USA. Working globally, it is dedicated to promoting a happy and healthy lifestyle through the universal teachings of the Sikh religion. The organization is committed to the upliftment of humanity and extending selfless service to the community.
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