Vigil planned in El Sobrante in memory of slain Sikh deputy

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Vigil planned in El Sobrante in memory of slain Sikh deputy
Photo credit: Harris County Sheriff's Office

UPDATE: Since this story first published, the vigil’s location was moved. It will now be held at the Sikh Center of San Francisco Bay Area at 3550 Hillcrest Drive in El Sobrante. The story has been updated to reflect this change.

The Sikh Center of San Francisco Bay Area is encouraging the community to attend a candlelight vigil in El Sobrante Saturday evening in memory of Harris County Deputy Sandeep Singh Dhaliwal, who was fatally shot during a traffic stop last week.

The vigil will take place from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.  at the Sikh Center of San Francisco Bay Area at 3550 Hillcrest Drive in El Sobrante.

“We request your presence to share his unifying message to spread love with kindness,” the Sikh Center stated in a Facebook post.

Dhaliwal became a trailblazer for the Sihk community after becoming one of the first law enforcement officers in the country permitted to display articles of his faith – a beard and a turban. He was fun-loving and well-loved in his community, as detailed in this CNN report about his Texas vigil earlier this week. A Houston Chronicle headline stated the slain deputy was the “ambassador of all that is good.”

Dhaliwal, a 42-year-old father of three, was fatally shot from behind during a routine traffic stop Friday, Sept. 27. The suspected killer was arrested later in the day.