Slain Sikh American Deputy Honored at Emotional Funeral and Vigils

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Thousands of people gathered at the Berry Center in Cypress, Texas this morning to honor pay tribute to Deputy Sandeep Dhaliwal, who was killed during a traffic stop last Friday, ABC 13 reports.

The 42-year-old deputy was the first Sikh deputy to join the Harris County Sheriff’s Office in Houston. For that reason, the American Sikh community has described Dhaliwal as a “trailblazer.”

According to ABC 13, New Jersey Attorney General Gurbir Grewal said Dhaliwal “inspired an entire generation of Sikhs to public service.” Grewal is the country’s first Sikh American attorney general.

Dhaliwal served the HCSO for ten years, according to ABC 13. On Friday, September 27, he was shot and killed during a traffic stop.

Since the announcement of his death on Friday, thousands of Americans across the country have come together to honor Dhaliwal. On Monday night, large crowds gathered at a candlelight vigil in Houston, according to ABC News. Members of the East Bay Sikh community gathered in Union City, California to honor Dhaliwal, ABC 7 News reports.

This morning’s service honored Dhaliwal with a 21-gun salute. Sikh Americans from across the country flew in to attend the service. They asked those attending the service to wear navy blue.

At each event held to celebrate his life, Dhaliwal was remembered not just for his service but for his compassion and kindness. According to ABC News, those who knew Dhaliwal said he would often pin children as honorary deputies.

Dhaliwal is survived by his wife and three children.

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