Members of the area Sikh community and family from around the world gathered in Mason and West Chester Twp. on Saturday to say goodbye to four homicide victims.
Visitation for Hakiakat Singh Pannag, 59, and his wife, Parmjit Kaur, 62, their daughter, Shalinderjit Kaur, 39 and Parmjit Kaur’s sister, Amarjit Kaur, 58 was held for several hours in the morning at Christ’s Church in Mason followed by services at the temple at the Guru Nanak Society of Greater Cincinnati.
Outside the church were four hearses, and there was a large crowd with mourners filing in and out for hours. Media was requested not to be inside, but the Facebook page “Justice for 4 innocent homicide victims in America” showed some live streaming.
The four were found shot to death in a Wyndtree Drive apartment at about 9:40 p.m. April 28 by a family member who called 911.
A candlelight vigil that included a march from the location of the homicides to the temple on Tylersville Road was held Friday evening. A poster carried by those who participated reading “Forever in Our Hearts” was still in the window of the temple on Saturday.
According to a Butler County Coroner’s Office preliminary autopsy report, Hakiakat Singh Pannag was found in bed with his head on a pillow on his left side. He had been shot in the head eight times, but the autopsy report details just six of those shots.
His wife, Parmjit Kaur, was shot four times in the head and once in the arm. She was found laying on the living room floor.
The other two victims also were found in the living room and appeared to be dressed in night clothes. Shalinderjit Kaur was shot three times in the head. Amarjit Kaur, who was visiting from India, was shot twice in the head.
In the weeks since the deaths, which are classified as homicides by the coroner’s office, police have searched the residence as will as another nearby. A pond behind the apartment building was searched with boats and divers.
The search warrants have been returned to the Butler County Clerk of Courts Office and ordered sealed by a judge, according to Mary Swain, county clerk of courts.
There have been no updates from police, but Chief Joel Herzog has said the homicides are not hate crimes and they were not random.
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