Disgruntled teen stabs, kills Sikh student in US

In another case of violence against Indians in the US, a 22-year-old Sikh software engineering student was stabbed to death in his taxi, allegedly by an American student who was upset over not getting admission into a university.

Gagandeep Singh.
Gagandeep Singh. Photo courtesy: Facebook

According to PTI, Gagandeep Singh, a third-year student who was also working as a taxi driver, was allegedly attacked by the 19-year-old passenger he had picked up at Spokane International Airport in Washington State on August 28. The accused, Jacob Coleman, was charged with first-degree murder.

Coleman is said to have flown from Seattle to Spokane to start as a new student at Gonzaga University, but upon arrival he was denied entry. “He became angry and began to have homicidal thoughts," police said, after claiming he was denied entry to Gonzaga University.

The university said it "has no record of an application" from Coleman and that it was cooperating with law enforcement. Coleman reportedly left, hailed a taxi and asked Gagandeep to drive him to a fictitious friend's house in Bonner County, Idaho. He admitted that during the journey he "became homicidal" and bought a knife.

Singh later stopped his car in Kootenai city after realising he had been sent to an erroneous location. That's when Coleman reportedly stabbed Gagandeep multiple times.

Gagandeep, originally from Jalandhar, had been living in Washington since 2003.

Tushaar Kuthiala
Tushaar Kuthiala – Associate Editor

Tushaar has extensive experience as a journalist and in founding two start-up newspapers. He has developed editorial models for both copy and content, and has written several articles, news reports on a wide range of topics. He is a graduate of St. Stephen’s College and earned a post-graduate diploma in TV Journalism from the Asian College of Journalism (ACJ), Chennai. He has worked as a special correspondent based in New Delhi with Daily World, an international media organisation. 


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