Candlelight vigil in US for slain Indian-origin army veteran
A candlelight vigil has been held in California in memory of an Indian-origin army veteran killed in an incident of police firing.Updated: Feb 01, 2014 23:12 IST
A candlelight vigil has been held in California in memory of an Indian-origin army veteran killed in an incident of police firing.
Family and friends of 43-year-old Parminder Singh Shergill gathered for the vigil at Dashmesh Darbar Sikh Temple in Lodi area on Friday.
The army veteran was shot and killed by police on January 25 after he allegedly charged at two police officers with a knife.
Shergill's friends said he must have suffered an episode of post-traumatic stress.
A witness, however, said the incident happened very fast and the police started shooting. "I didn't see any weapon in his hand at all," Cassandra Lopez, who witnessed the shooting, was quoted as saying by Fox 40.
Shergill's friends said this was a sad reminder of the struggles veterans go through after serving the country.
"If anybody out there has any other relative, who is facing this kind of illness, post war syndrome, please don't hesitate to get help," said Jag Singh Batth, a friend of the Shergill family. "I believe on a personal basis, I let him down."
The names of the two officers who shot Shergill have not yet been released. They were placed on leave but were back on duty as of Wednesday, the report said.