‘We want justice’: Parents of Sikh woman shot in Canada


Toronto, Dec 8

The parents of a 21-year-old woman from Punjab, who was shot dead at a gas station in Canada, say they regret sending her to the country and want justice for their daughter.

Pawanpreet Kaur, a resident of Brampton, died after being shot multiple times outside a Petro Canada gas station in Mississauga on the night of December 3.

"We just want justice for our daughter. We won't get our daughter back, so we just want the killer to be found. The daughter we raised will never come back to us," Devinder Singh, Pawanpreet's father, told Omni Punjabi channel.

Pawanpreet left for Canada on a student visa when she was 18.

"There is a craze in India for everyone to send their children to Canada, so we also sent her," a choked Singh said, adding that they had planned to settle permanently in Canada with their daughter.

The news of their daughter's death was broken to them by their relatives in Brampton.

"We regret sending her off to Canada," Pawanpreet's mother Jasveer Kaur told Omni Punjabi.

"Why did we send her at a young age to get her degree? We should have kept her here with us," she said, fighting back her tears.

The Peel Regional Police recently released a more detailed description of Pawanpreet's killer, saying: "The suspect wore a three-quarter-length dark winter jacket with a hood, dark winter boots, dark pants, a dark winter toque and white gloves"."It appears that the suspect was smoking a cigarette. The suspect did not pull the hood up over their head until shortly before shooting the victim at close range."

In a video update posted on YouTube, the Peel Regional Police said they have found a bicycle used by Pawanpreet's killer.

Todd Leach, the officer in charge of the homicide and missing persons bureau, said it was a maroon-coloured Sportek Ridgerunner mountain bike, likely a "stolen" one.

"If you find that (bicycle) it is missing, please contact the homicide bureau, even if you have already previously reported it stolen," Leach said in the video update.

"Through extensive video canvassing and witness interviews, investigators have determined that the suspect was on foot in the vicinity of the homicide scene three hours prior to the shooting," he said in the video.

In the video update, police also released a photo of Pawanpreet.


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