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Vigil held for slain Sikh family. Suspect faces life in prison


Sacramento’s Sikh community gathered at the State Capitol Monday to mourn the lives of four people killed in the Central Valley county of Merced, reports CBS13.

“We’re going to pray that their souls find peace, that their souls find love and their souls find unity with the creator,” Sacramento community leader, Jasjit Singh said at the service.

As AsAmNews reported on October 6, mother Jasleen Kaur, 27; father Jasdeep Singh, 36; uncle Amandeep Singh, 39; and 8-month-old Aroohi Dheri were taken at gunpoint from a storefront and found dead two days later.

“Our hearts break for you. Our souls and are beings are with you in this time of incredible grief,” said Sacramento Mayor Darrell Steinberg.

Jesus Salgado faces four counts of first-degree murder, reports the Wire. If convicted, he could spend the rest of his life in prison, although the DA is keeping the option open of seeking the death penalty.

India New England reports Salgado had a long-running feud with the family and was a former employee of the family’s trucking business.

Salgado also reportedly tried to kill himself prior to being arrested. Relatives of the family told authorities Salgado had sent the family angry texts and email a year earlier.

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