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Council Candidates to Hold Vigil in Noonan Park Tonight, In Honor of Sikh Victims of Indianapolis Shooting

NYC Council Candidate Amit Singh Bagga speaking to the Sikh community in 2020

April 19, 2021 By Christina Santucci

A pair of Queens City Council candidates are holding a vigil Monday evening in Sunnyside in honor of four members of the Sikh religious community who were killed in the FedEx facility shooting in Indianapolis Thursday.

The remembrance – organized by Amit S. Bagga and Hailie Kim – is scheduled to take place at 7 p.m. at Noonan Park, located at 42nd Street and Greenpoint Avenue.

Those who attend are encouraged to wear white or light colors and bring flowers. Candles will be provided, organizers said.

“This vigil isn’t just a memorial for all the lives lost; it is a recommitment to fight against the hate-fueled disinformation tumor metastasizing in our nation’s brains; to fight to get guns out of people’s hands; and yes, to fight against the corporate greed that prohibited cell phones on the factory floor in the name of productivity,” Bagga said in a statement.

Both Bagga and Kim are vying for the 26th District Council seat currently held by Jimmy Van Bramer, who is unable to run again due to term limits.

Bagga has previously written about violence and hatred directed toward Sikhs – including members of his own family. He says that violence against Sikhs is rarely mentioned, noting that seven Sikh Worshipers were killed by a white supremacist in the 2012 Oak Creek massacre in Wisconsin.

In an email about Monday’s vigil, Bagga wrote, “Though assaults on our bodies, our lives, our psyches have been endless, we must pay tribute and mark every loss so that we can commit ourselves to continue fighting hatred, disinformation, and for getting every gun out of everyone’s hands.”

Eight people were killed in the Indianapolis shooting by a former FedEx employee, who then turned his gun on himself, authorities said. Those victims included three Sikh women and one man – Jasvinder Kaur, Amarjit Sekhon, Amarjeet Johal and Jaswinder Singh.

The other victims were John Wisert, Matthew Alexander, Samaria Blackwell and Karli Smith.

The Sikh Coalition – a national organization based in New York – wrote on Twitter that vigils, including one in South Richmond Hill, will be held across the country Monday to honor those killed. The second Queens event is scheduled for 6 p.m. at 95th Avenue and 125th Street inside Smokey Oval Park, now known as Phil “Scooter” Rizzuto Park.

The Coalition also posted a statement on Twitter about the shooting.

“We expect that authorities will conduct a full investigation – including the possibility of bias as a factor,” the organization wrote.

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RIP all eight victims

What about the non-Sihk victims? Are they being honored too?

According to police, the shooting was not racially motivated. The gunman apparently was mentally disturbed.

Unfortunately, thanks to identity politics, absolutely everything must be twisted into a racial issue these days. Deplorable really.

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Why does the Radical Right want everything to be PC?

I’m sorry they offended you so much, but 90% of the workers at the FedEx warehouse are Sikhs.

After the shooter was dead, police speculated as to his intentions. THAT’S what your opinion is based on…

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The real Mac

Why don’t you put together a vigil? Then you could say something. Do you normally just sit on the sidelines and just cry about what everyone else is doing? You must lead such an interesting life.

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Anonymous

the article answers it clearly – because they were not Sikh. Politicians at their best – peddling the idea of “discriminated racial minority” instead of honoring all victims. Trully, All Lives Matter is a sin in Queens politics, even sympathy must be driven by race.

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