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Sikh community remembers slain son
About four dozen people came to the Turlock Sikh Gurdwara Friday night for a candlelight vigil in remembrance of Amritpal Sandhu, 21. Sandhu was gunned down in Turlock on Nov. 6. - photo by CARA HALLAM / The Journal

The family and friends of Amritpal Sandhu came together Friday night to find solace in their shared grief.

Their grief comes from the death of the 21-year-old Modesto man who was shot multiple times and left to die in Turlock’s downtown on Nov. 6.

Sandhu’s loved ones remain bewildered by his death and the arrest of two Turlock men on murder charges.

Sandhu was a 2010 graduate of Ceres High School and had been working as a truck driver for TCI Modesto. He arrived home late in the night on Nov. 5 and sometime after midnight he received a phone call and left the family home. Shortly before 1:30 a.m. he placed a 911 call reporting that someone was shooting at him as he drove southbound on Highway 99. Just a few minutes later police found Sandhu dead in his car in the area of Main Street and Minaret Avenue.

On Nov. 6 Turlock Police detectives arrested Pardeep Singh, 21, and Kultar Singh Dhatt, 22, both of Turlock on homicide charges for Sandhu’s death. Both men have entered not guilty pleas to the charges against them and remain in custody at the Stanislaus County Jail.

Turlock Fire Chief Tim Lohman spoke at the candlelight vigil, telling the bereaved that the community of Turlock shared in their loss.

“The City of Turlock is behind your community during this sad time,” Lohman said.