Trees planted to remember lives lost in the FedEx Shooting

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Narinder Johal (left to right) Tarmanjot Johal, and Partaap Johal are planting one eight Autumn Brilliance Serviceberry trees to Honor the lives lost at the FedEx shooting over a year ago, Over 100 volunteers are planting the other 139 varieties of trees at Arsenal Park, Indianapolis. Keep Indianapolis Beautiful, Inc, and the Eway Foundation of Indianapolis hosted the Great Indy Cleanup & Tree Planting on Saturday, April 23, 2022. .James Yee Photographer for AsAmNews

Photo Essay by James Yee, AsAmNews Contributor

The Sikh Coalition sponsored eight trees planted at Arsenal Park (1201 E 46th St, Indianapolis, IN 46205) in honor of the eight individuals killed in the FedEx shooting on April 15, 2021. 

It was part of the Great Indy Cleanup hosted by Keep Indianapolis Beautiful and the Eway Foundation. Several interfaith leaders joined the 30-minute program including Maninder Singh Walia (Sikh Satsang of Indianapolis), Rabbi Jordana Chernow-Reader (Indianapolis Hebrew Congregation), Reverend Joel Miller (All Souls Unitarian Church), and Imam Mikal Saahir (Nur-Allah Islamic Center).

Ethan Olson (wearing a yellow t-shirt) of Keep Indianapolis Beautiful, Inc is giving instructions to the volunteers. In all they planted well over 100 trees of different varieties at Arsenal Park, Indianapolis- James Yee Photographer for AsAmNews

Some of the victim’s families also attended. The names of the victims are Matthew R. Alexander, 32; Samaria Blackwell, 19; Amarjeet Johal, 66; Jasvinder Kaur, 50; Jaswinder Singh, 70; Amarjit Sekhon, 49; Karli Smith, 19; and John Weisert, 74

Maninder Sjngh Walia of Siri Satsang of Indianapolis speaks to the crowd as eight Autumn Brilliance Serviceberry trees are planted to Honor the Lives Lost at the FedEx Shoot over a year ago. – James Yee Photographer for AsAmNews

In the immediate aftermath of the mass shooting, the Sikh Coalition worked to provide free legal support to survivors and affected family members; engage local, state, and national law enforcement on the investigation; collect and distribute mental health resources to the sangat; support community vigils and events; and coordinate and field local, national, and international media requests.

Jeremy Kranowitz, President & CEO Keep Indianapolis Beautiful, Inc, speaks to the crowd as eight Autumn Brilliance Serviceberry trees to Honor the Lives Lost at the FedEx Shoot over a year ago.
James Yee Photographer for AsAmNews

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