From Associated Press
By Tamara Lush, July 10, 2011
In this undated hand out photo provided by Kamaljit Atwal, Gurmej Atwal, who was shot in a drive by shooting near his home in Elk Grove, Calif.
ELK GROVE, Calif. (AP) — Kamaljit Atwal’s neighborhood seems like an unlikely place for a hate crime. His street in this Sacramento suburb seems a model of diversity.
Atwal and his family are one of two Sikh families on the block from India. On Atwal’s street alone, there’s a Vietnamese family, a Mexican family, a black woman and a white man.
But in March, Atwal’s 78-year-old father Gurmej Atwal and his 67-year-old friend Surinder Singh were shot and killed while taking an afternoon stroll in the neighborhood.
Atwal and his fellow Sikhs in the area wonder if the same ugliness that has brought violence to other Sikhs is the reason why.