Latest homicide in Edmonton, Canada, kills Sikh youth

Latest homicide in Edmonton, Canada, kills Sikh youth
Latest homicide in Edmonton, Canada, kills Sikh youth

Sanraj Singh, 24, died of gunshot wounds in the province of Alberta, the latest in a series of killings of Sikhs in the country.

At approximately 8:40 pm on December 3, Edmonton police responded to reports of gunshots near 51 Street and 13 Avenue. Upon arrival, they found a male in medical distress in a vehicle.

The police performed CPR on Singh until paramedics arrived and declared him dead.

Sanraj Singh, 24, was identified as the deceased by the Edmonton Medical Examiner on December 7. An Edmonton Police statement stated that the cause of death was gunshot wounds and the manner of death was homicide.

At the time of the homicide, investigators observed a vehicle of interest leaving the area. Please contact them if you have any information about the vehicle or shooting.

In the months beginning in November, Canada has been rocked by a spate of Sikh killings. Harpreet Kaur, a 40-year-old Sikh woman from Surrey, British Columbia, died after being stabbed multiple times on December 7. On December 3, Pawanpreet Kaur, a 21-year-old Canadian-Sikh woman, was shot dead outside a gas station in Mississauga.

At a high school parking lot in Surrey, 18-year-old Sikh teen Mehakpreet Sethi was stabbed to death.

Statistics Canada reports that there were 788 homicides in Canada in 2021, an increase of three percent.

Sgt Timothy Pierotti of the Integrated Homicide Investigation Team had told the media after Harpreet Kaur’s killing, “These incidents have a significant impact not only on the victim’s family and friends, but the entire community.”