TUESDAY (February 20) marks the one year anniversary of the homicide of Satkar Singh Sidhu, 23, of Abbotsford.
On February 20, 2017, at around 9:30 a.m., Sidhu was shot and killed in the 30500-block of Steelhead Court in Abbotsford. Emergency first responders rushed to the scene but despite their best efforts, Sidhu succumbed to his injuries.
Members of the Integrated Road Safety Unit (IRSU) observed a suspect vehicle fleeing the area at a high rate of speed. When police attempted to stop the vehicle, the driver failed to pull the vehicle over. In a coordinated effort with the Mission RCMP, the vehicle was disabled with the use of a spike belt, and three male suspects were taken into custody and taken to the Abbotsford Police Department.
The Integrated Homicide Investigation Team (IHIT) was called in. At the time, IHIT Cpl. Meghan Foster said: “It is still early in the investigation, and investigators are trying to determine what involvement, if any, the three males had in the homicide. They have since been released from custody, and are not facing any criminal charges. IHIT’s focus is on the homicide investigation.”
Police said at the time that though Sidhu did not have a criminal record, he was known to police. They added: “From the evidence gathered so far, police believe that Mr. Sidhu’s murder was targeted, and is linked to other gang violence that has occurred in the Lower Mainland.”
Foster said: “This homicide was a brazen shooting that occurred in a quiet residential neighbourhood, and fortunately no one else was hurt. Having association to or involvement with the gang life comes with many risks. There are people who have information about what happened, and they need to step forward.”
THE Integrated Homicide Investigation Team (IHIT) on Tuesday said that it continues to actively investigate Sidhu’s murder in consultation with crown counsel and investigators have been diligently following the evidence trail, which has helped in piecing some of the details together. IHIT still needs anyone with information to come forward.
Sidhu’s family is appealing for the public’s help to identify those responsible for his murder and released the following statement:
WE remember Satkar’s childhood as normal as any or our childhoods. He had the biggest dreams, the widest smile and the kindest heart. His presence would light up a room before he even walked in and his laughter would turn anyone’s day around. Satkar was the most driven and passionate young man there was; he poured his heart and soul into every step he took in life. He had almost completed his business degree and had so much life left to live.
Satkar did not have a criminal record. We never thought he would die under such horrible circumstances. There was a complete disregard to public safety as he was murdered during the early morning hours in a quiet residential area. It has been a full year since we lost him, yet we are still praying for answers and grieving without closure.
At this time, we would like to request for anyone who may have information about Satkar’s death to please contact the Integrated Homicide Investigation Team. We would be eternally grateful if you are able to provide the police with any information. Please bear in mind no information is irrelevant and you may remain anonymous. We are making this appeal particularly to those who knew Satkar and may have valuable information, which can help the police solve his murder.
There are very few people who come into the world for an extremely short period of time, yet manage to leave behind the greatest impact – Satkar can be described as one of these people. The void of his presence will always remain, but we hope this public statement will help bring him, and our family, the justice he deserves.
ANYONE with information is asked to contact the IHIT Information Line at 1-877-551-IHIT (4448), or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Should you wish to remain anonymous, contact Crime Stoppers by phone at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).