WASHINGTON: The Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office is investigating after 60-year-old Sikh gas station employee Tejpal Singh was shot and killed the morning of Sept. 26.
60-year-old TejPal Singh was working behind the counter early Sunday morning when he was gunned down.
The sheriff’s office said the suspect entered the store and shot the employee working inside. The employee was pronounced dead at the scene.
Detectives believe the suspect was attempting to rob the gas station. The sheriff’s office said the suspect fled the scene after the shooting.
The Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office continues to search for the shooter, asking the public to come forward with any tips or leads.
Crowding under the canopy of a Chevron gas station, family, friends, and customers came together Wednesday night to remember the man shot and killed during a weekend robbery.
Singh had worked at the Lynnwood Chevron at the intersection of Highway 99 and 148th St SW for 21 years. In that time, based on the outpouring of support, it’s clear he had an impact on many lives.
“A lot of people drive out of their way just to see him and say ‘hi’,” said Ravi Johal. “He would only want the best for anybody here and that’s why he had such a great customer base.”
A memorial is now setup outside the entrance to the gas station. Singh’s picture, flowers, candles, cards, and balloons consume two folding tables. Some gave passionate speeches about Singh and his thoughtfulness while others demanded answers and that more be done to stop the violent crime.
“He loved everybody,” one man exclaimed. “He’d protect anybody. The message that he left behind is love one another.”
A GoFundMe fundraiser has been launched to cover the funeral expenses for Singh.
Singh is survived by his wife and three children. The funds collected will be used for funeral expenses and to assist the family with other expenses.