“I am missing you, Mom. When will you come here? Please come.”
These were the last words New York-based Dr Vajinder Pal Toor, 34, said to his mother in Chandigarh’s satellite town of SAS Nagar (Mohali) an hour before he was gunned down by a former Chinese colleague on Monday.
His inconsolable mother, Barsanjeet Kaur, got the bad news from the doctor’s pregnant wife an hour after Vajinder was shot dead while walking towards his car to get to work at a hospital in a New York suburb. She has hasn’t eaten since then.
His father, Sohan Singh Toor, who works as a section officer with the office of the Haryana Accountant General, reached the US on Wednesday to get his son’s body back. But the family hasn’t decided where to cremate him as Vajinder’s wife, Parneeta Toor, is 14 weeks pregnant and may not be able to undertake the long journey to India.
Vajinder’s brother, Tejinder Singh, a software engineer with IBM in Chandigarh, said, “My brother was very good at studies and even served the CRPF for nearly two years as doctor. He was a self-made man and reached the US on the basis of his hard work.”
Parkash Singh Gill, a close relative of the Toors, said, Parneeta and the couple’s three-year-old son were seeing the doctor off when he was shot.
Gill said the alleged killer fired three shots at Parneeta too but she pushed her son towards their house, ducked behind a parked car and escaped unhurt.
The accused, Dr Lishan Wang, 44, had clashed with Vajinder earlier at another hospital, in Brooklyn, and harboured a feeling of enmity against him as he thought Vajinder was among those responsible for his sacking, reports from the US said.