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'We need justice': Hundreds of Truro residents hold vigil for Prabhjot Singh Katri

A candlelight vigil for Prabhjot Singh Katri, the 23-year-old who was found dead at a Truro apartment early last Sunday, was held Friday evening in the Nova Scotia town.

Police say they are treating the 23-year-old man's death as a homicide

A candlelight vigil was held in Truro for Prabhjot Singh Katri. (Gareth Hampshire/CBC)

A candlelight vigil for Prabhjot Singh Katri, the 23-year-old who was found dead at a Truro apartment early last Sunday, was held Friday evening in the Nova Scotia town.

Truro police are treating his death as a homicide and have met with representatives of the Sikh community, of which he was a member. They arrested a man as a suspect, but released him. Police say they are still investigating. 

The Truro resident came to Canada from Punjab, India, in 2017.

Speaking during the vigil, his grief-stricken sister Rajveer Kaur said the family came to Canada to make money to send back home.

"We need justice and that's why so many people came here: to get justice," she said.

Many of the people attending the vigil held signs calling for justice (Gareth Hampshire/CBC)

Agampal Singh, a friend of the victim, said the community believes police were doing their best to get justice.

He said the turnout of about 500 people, by police estimates, was a sign that everyone was concerned about their safety.

"It's not just for the Indian community, it is for everybody, because no one is safe here," Singh said.

Joban Beed, another friend attending the vigil, described the victim as a  "nice guy and a very hard-working person."

Friends say Prabhjot Singh Katri was trying to build a better life in Canada. (GoFundMe)

Simardeep Hundal, president of the Maritime Sikh Society, said the Sikh community is in shock and the killing is causing stress and anxiety for younger members.

"People are mourning, they are in grief, they are in shock and very disheartened — some of the young people need a lot of support."

The vigil started at 6 p.m. at Truro Mall at 245 Robie St. and ends at 494 Robie St., the building where his body was found. 

"It's a vigil to remind everyone that every life matters and we all need to be kind and inclusive to each other," Hundal said. 

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