MODESTO, California: In honor of Cpl. Ronil Singh, who was fatally shot in the line of duty last week, the United Sikhs organization will present special Karas (Sikh religious bracelets) to his family members and fellow officers of the Newman Police Department at funeral services to be held at CrossPoint Community Church on January 5. The Karas will contain his name and badge number.
“Cpl. Singh had a heart of gold. He made a positive impact on everyone he encountered and had an infectious, kind, spirited and humble attitude on life. His service to humanity made all Sikhs proud,” said Jesse Singh, United Sikhs Executive Director. “In honoring our fallen brother, we encourage the local community to help support the Newman Police Department and Cpl. Singh’s family during this difficult time.”
A Kara is one of the five external articles of faith that identify a Sikh. It symbolizes eternity, reminding Sikhs that God has no beginning or end.
In addition to the dedicated Karas, the non-profit is collecting messages of support for Cpl. Singh’s family on behalf of the global Sikh community. Messages can be posted directly on the tribute to Cpl. Singh via the United Sikhs Facebook page (@UNITEDSIKHS.org), which will be shared with Singh’s family at his funeral on January 5.
Financial donations to Cpl. Singh’s family can be made directly to the Stanislaus County Sworn Deputies Association at PO BOX 2314, Ceres, CA 95307 or online via www.stanislaussworn.com. All donations are tax-deductible under the Stanislaus Sworn Community Support. Any donations made to United Sikhs in Cpl. Singh’s name will also be directed to the Stanislaus County Sworn Deputies Association’s fund.
As reported by the authorities, Cpl. Singh was fatally shot on December 26 just before 1 a.m. after he pulled over a suspected drunk driver. The suspect has since been arrested and charged with murder.
Originally from Fiji, Cpl. Singh, 33, had been with the Newman Police Department since July 2011 and previously worked at the Merced County Sheriff’s Department. He is survived by his wife and five-month-old son.
To view the full timeline of events surrounding the tragic shooting of Cpl. Singh, click here.