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Was Sikh Prayer Leader's Homicide in Selma a Hate Crime?
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By David Taub, Senior Reporter
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March 1, 2024

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A national civil rights group and the victim’s family members are questioning whether the homicide of a Sikh prayer leader in Selma was based on his race or religion.

Selma police say 29-year-old Raj “Goldy” Singh died of a gunshot wound Friday night, near Highland and Rose avenues. The location is near the Sikh Center of the Pacific Coast, a gurdwara, or temple of worship.

The Council on American-Islamic Relations called on law enforcement “to investigate a possible bias motive” on Thursday.

“Because of the rise in bias-motivated incidents we have witnessed in recent months, and because this shooting occurred near a house of worship, we urge state and federal law enforcement authorities to investigate this crime with the possibility of a bias motive in mind,” CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper said in a news release.

However, Selma police are saying there is no indication of racial motivation, Sgt. Caleb Garcia told GV Wire.

Garcia said Singh was a gurdwara employee. He also said that Singh’s killing is an active investigation, and police are unsure if the homicide is related to a carjacking in Tulare County.

Family Suspects Hate Crime

Indian media described Singh as a temple musician, originally from Tanda Sahuwala village in Bijnor district in Uttar Pradesh.

The Times of India reported that the family of Singh suspected his killing was a hate crime. The family is requesting that the body be returned to India.

Gurdeep Singh, Goldy Singh’s brother-in-law, told the Times of India they are appealing “to our government for justice and the arrest of the killers.”

The Sikh community also reached out to Selma Mayor Scott Robertson.

“My heart goes out to Mr. Singh’s family and the entire Sikh community for their loss,” Robertson said.

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David Taub,
Senior Reporter
Curiosity drives David Taub. The award-winning journalist might be shy, but feels mighty with a recorder in his hand. He doesn't see it his job to "hold public officials accountable," but does see it to provide readers (and voters) the information needed to make intelligent choices. Taub has been honored with several writing awards from the California News Publishers Association. He's just happy to have his stories read. Joining GV Wire in 2016, Taub covers politics, government and elections, mainly in the Fresno/Clovis area. He also writes columns about local eateries (Appetite for Fresno), pro wrestling (Off the Bottom Rope), and media (Media Man). Prior to joining the online news source, Taub worked as a radio producer for KMJ and PowerTalk 96.7 in Fresno. He also worked as an assignment editor for KCOY-TV in Santa Maria, California, and KSEE-TV in Fresno. He has also worked behind the scenes for several sports broadcasts, including the NCAA basketball tournament, and the Super Bowl. When not spending time with his family, Taub loves to officially score Fresno Grizzlies games. Growing up in the San Francisco Bay Area, Taub is a die-hard Giants and 49ers fan. He graduated from the University of Michigan with dual degrees in communications and political science. Go Blue! You can contact David at 559-492-4037 or at Send an Email

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