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Indian musician killed in a suspected hate crime

(CORRECTION: Numerous media reports indicated that this shooting happened in Selma, Alabama. However, the shooting actually happened in Selma, California. We regret the error)

A musician in a Sikh kirtan group was shot dead outside a gurdwara in Selma, California in the Central Valley. The incident has been suspected as a hate crime

According to Times of India, the victim Raj Singh, also known as Goldy, had been traveling with the US group for one and a half years. He was standing outside the gurdwara when he was shot in the stomach.

The victim’s brother-in-law Gurdeep Singh told Times of India that the family is in anguish and has reached out to the gurdwara committee for more information. The family suspects that this is an incident of hate crime.

PTC News reported that according to the Selma police, there was no clear evidence racial motivation behind the killing, although investigations are still ongoing.

Times of India reported that the family has written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi of India requesting that Singh’s body be brought back to India for cremation.

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