The Sikh community in Houston and around the world is mourning the loss of Sandeep Singh Dhaliwal, the trailblazing sheriff’s deputy in Harris County, Texas, who was shot and killed during a traffic stop Friday, CNN reported.
At the Sikh National Center in Houston, the gurdwara Dhaliwal attended, preparations are underway for the funeral. “It’s a huge loss to our community and the younger generations that we hoped he would inspire,” Hardam Singh Azad, the chairman of the board at Sikh National Center, told CNN.
Thousands of people are expected to gather at the Berry Center in Houston on Wednesday to honor the fallen deputy’s life and legacy in a ceremony open to the public. The event will start with an hour of Sikh prayer, followed by a ceremony led by the Harris County Sheriff’s Office.
Sikh funeral traditions will soon take place at the local gurdwara. Beginning Monday at 3 p.m. (4 p.m. ET), the Sikh National Center will hold an Akhand Path, a non-stop front-to-back reading of the Guru Granth Sahib, the Sikh holy book. The Akhand Path will conclude 48 hours later, on Wednesday.
Dhaliwal will be cremated at a local funeral home later Wednesday afternoon, according to Sikh tradition. The cremation service will be for family and members of the sheriff’s office, and final prayers will be said afterward at the Sikh National Center.