Eight people were killed in the shooting at a FedEx warehouse in Indianapolis, four of whom belonged to the Sikh community.
It is with heavy hearts that we remember those that were killed in the Indianapolis shooting including four members of our #Sikh community, Amarjeet Kaur Johal, Jaswinder Singh, Jasvinder Kaur and Amarjit Sekhon. #stopasianhate #waheguru @tdsb pic.twitter.com/2EOr5dnXCS
— Sikh Heritage Month @TDSB_SHM (@TDSB_SHM) April 19, 2021
Just last month, six Asian women lost their lives in a shooting at three Asian-owned businesses in Atlanta, which also killed a total of eight people.
On Friday, the Sikh Coalition confirmed that four members of its community died in the incident before the Indianapolis Police Department identified all eight victims.
Here’s what we know about the deceased from what their loved ones had to say.
The killing of 70-year-old Jaswinder Singh in the mass shooting at a FedEx facility in Indianapolis, US, came as a rude shock to his family at Kotla Naudh Singh village in Punjab’s Hoshiarpur district
(report by Harpreet Kaur)https://t.co/rvMc6S2RxO
— HT Punjab (@HTPunjab) April 17, 2021
Jaswinder Singh, 70
Singh leaves behind his wife, three sons and grandchildren. His family described him as a happy person and that he loved speaking to people while walking on trails at local parks.
“I didn’t hear him say even one bad word from his mouth in (his) whole life. He loved everyone. Always smiling when he sees you, he had a big smile,” Harjap Singh Dillon, the victim’s sister’s father-in-law, told WRTV.
Singh started working at FedEx because he was bored, his family said. He also wanted to be a part of the community there.
“He’s the person, always, whenever we see him, I don’t see him at any time sad,” Singh Dillion added.
AMARJEET KAUR JOHAL you deserved so much better than this 🕊 rest in paradise pic.twitter.com/2cY4kzHqVR
— Komal Chohan (@yourlawyerkomal) April 16, 2021
Amarjeet Kaur Johal, 66
Johal was killed on her 66th birthday. She moved to the U.S. after the anti-Sikh riots in India in 1984 and took a job at FedEx four years ago.
Her grandson, Harmandeep Sidhu, said she was “working a half shift that day (Thursday)” so she could return home early for her granddaughter’s birthday celebration.
She later decided to take her check and go home. She still had it in hand when she was found, Sidhu said.
“I have several family members who work at the particular facility and are traumatized. My nani, my family and our families should not feel unsafe at work, at their place of worship, or anywhere,” her granddaughter, Komal Chohan, told IndyStar. “Enough is enough — our community has been through enough trauma.”
Family members described Johal as a loving grandmother who showered her grandchildren with presents whenever she visited.
Jasvinder Kaur, 50
Jasvinder often commuted to work at FedEx with Amarjit Sekhon. Jasvinder was known as a charming woman, the family tells ABC. She had just recently moved to Indianapolis from Ohio to be closer to family. pic.twitter.com/F7YBsa5Gz7
— WRTV Indianapolis (@wrtv) April 19, 2021
Jasvinder Kaur, 50
Kaur was supposed to make her famous yogurt at a family celebration for her granddaughter’s second birthday on Saturday, according to relative Rimpi Girn.
Kiran Deol, a family friend, referred to Kaur as her aunt. “All she did was think of her sons back in India all the time,” she told The New York Times.
Girn revealed that just days before the tragedy, Kaur had asked her for help in obtaining a driver’s license.
“No more license for her. That’s it. It was just talk. She doesn’t need a license for anything now,” Girn said.
Amarjit Kaur Sekhon, 48
“She would never sit still … the other day she had the (COVID-19) shot and she was really sick, but she still went to work.”
The ‘breadwinner’ in her family, Amarjit had just started working at FedEx back in November. pic.twitter.com/uE8X8Cf7Qt
— WRTV Indianapolis (@wrtv) April 18, 2021
Amarjit Sekhon, 49
Sekhon, who was related to Kaur, leaves two teenage sons with their father who struggles from partial paralysis. She was Girn’s aunt.
Sekhon moved to Indianapolis from Ohio to be closer to family. She and Kaur commuted to work together, Girn said.
Another family member set up a GoFundMe page for Sekhon and the other seven victims. “My aunt Amarjit was an amazing mother, wife, sister, daughter, aunt, and loving friend. She will be greatly missed, but her memory will live on in our hearts forever,” wrote Gurleen Gill.
As of this writing, the page has raised more than $120,000 of its goal.
NEW TONIGHT: We are learning more about 32-year-old Matthew Alexander of Avon who was a line haul coordinator at FedEx. He loved SPORTS.
I spoke to his lifelong friend and college roommate Ryan about their memories and the tragic loss. pic.twitter.com/W0sbvRSpUT
— Darius Johnson (@DariusJohnsonTV) April 19, 2021
Matthew Alexander, 32
Alexander was a linehaul coordinator at the FedEx facility.
“As a dedicated, hard-working employee, Matt was very well respected by his colleagues and anyone who had the pleasure of working with him,” his obituary reads.
Alexander is survived by his parents, sister and other relatives. Loved ones described him as an avid sports enthusiast.
“Hard to remember a time not knowing Matt,” Ryan Wegeng, who grew up with Alexander, told FOX 59. “He was always playing basketball, playing baseball, playing something.”
Samaria Blackwell, 19, one of eight people killed at #FedExMassacre.
Just one face of dozens of victims in *50* mass shootings in America in the last month. pic.twitter.com/4VExj5pulT
— Jim Sciutto (@jimsciutto) April 19, 2021
Samaria Blackwell, 19
Blackwell was a straight-A student who graduated from high school just last year. She was the youngest of four siblings.
“We were blessed by the Lord to have such a fun-loving, caring daughter as the baby of our family,” her parents Jeff and Tammi Blackwell told CNN.
Blackwell was also a soccer and basketball player. She dreamed of becoming a police officer.
“Although that dream has been cut short, we believe that right now she is rejoicing in heaven with her Savior,” her parents added.
This is Karli Smith. She was 19 y/o.
Karli played softball & and graduated from Crispus Attucks.
Karli was among the eight victims of the FedEx shooting.
As families share pictures & we learn more about each victim, it gets even harder.
Sometimes there just aren’t words. pic.twitter.com/X0bbkZQvmE
— Lindsey Eaton (@LindseyEatoNews) April 18, 2021
Karli Smith, 19
Smith was one of 10 siblings. Family members described her as “bubbly, happy, and always smiling.”
“She was the one who made everybody smile,” Karen Smith told WRTV of her daughter. “She was just goofy and just the life of the party.”
Karen added that her daughter was extremely intuitive and never failed to learn from her mistakes.
Smith’s uncle, Nate Luhrsen, set up a GoFundMe page to help the family with funeral expenses. It has raised over $4,000 of its $10,000 goal.
John “Steve” Weisert, 74
John took a job as a part-time package handler at FedEx about four years ago, but recently, his wife of nearly 50 years, Carol, had been pressuring him to retire. pic.twitter.com/6oWT28w9zt
— WRTV Indianapolis (@wrtv) April 18, 2021
John Weisert, 74
Weisert, a retired engineer, was the oldest of all eight victims of the shooting. He had been working at the FedEx facility for about four-and-a-half years.
His wife, Mary Carol Weisert, started to worry after hours passed by and he was not home yet.
“They get paid on Thursday night. Usually the other days of the week, like Monday to Wednesday and Friday, he’s home maybe 11:30, but sometimes he’s later when they get the paychecks. So, not seeing him at 12:30, 1 o’clock, 1:30…I just panicked,” Mary told WTHR.
After hearing the news, Mary felt horror, fear and shock. “I mean, you know, I don’t know how else to describe it. Actually it bothered me physically. I started shaking like a leaf,” she added.
The 74-year-old was supposed to celebrate 50 years of marriage this fall.
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