SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Hundreds of people attended the funeral for a Sacramento-area man who was gunned down as he took an afternoon stroll last week.

The Sacramento Bee reports that several hundred mourners showed up at a Sacramento funeral home on Saturday to pay their last respects to Surinder Singh.

The 65-year-old Singh was killed and a friend, 78-year-old Gurmej Atwal, was critically wounded when both men were shot as they walked through a neighborhood in Elk Grove on March 4.

Police are investigating the shooting as a possible hate crime potentially linked to the men’s appearance. Both men were Sikhs and wore turbans and sported long beards.

No arrests have been made, but the reward for tips leading to an arrest and conviction in the case has surpassed $42,000.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

Comments (7)
  1. lorie says:

    i hope they find and prosicute to the greatest extend those responsible for this gentleman’s senseless death.

    so what if he dresses different or doesn’t look like you. RESPECT everyone out there as though they were your brother.

  2. Starbarker says:

    The work of some xenophobe racist I presume. My kindest wishes for the families of these two gentlemen.

  3. Cathy says:

    Very sad story..this is sick. Whoever did this will face justice. My thoughts and prayers go out to the victims and their loved ones.

  4. Michelle says:

    This world is becoming increasingly scary when two people can’t take a walk in an Elk Grove neighborhood because of some bigot, moron who doesn’t deserve to walk this Earth. My thoughts and prayers go out to Mr. Singh and Mr. Atwal’s families….

  5. concerned citizen says:

    where can we donate to the reward fund???????

  6. nd says:

    JAMES YOUR ARE SUCH A RACIST YOU MUST BE A REAL UNHAPPY UNSENSITIVE PERSON LIFE MUST BE ROUGH FOR YOU LOOK IN THE MIRROR YOUR MIGHT SEE THE REAL YOU AND UGLY PERSON ON THE INSIDE WITH MUCH HATE

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