The targeted killing of two teenagers in Surrey a year ago sent ripples of fear and panic among residents.
The victims were 16-year-old Jaskarn (Jason) Singh Jhutty and 17-year-old Jaskaran (Jassi) Singh Bhangal.
Neither boy was known to police, but investigators believe the shooting was gang-related.
Two burned-out cars were found the same night as the killings that police said may be linked. They’re still looking for witnesses.
Pawan Jhutty calls the past year without her younger brother “dark and painful.”
“He was just a child. No parent should ever have to spend their life wondering what could have possibly happened in their child’s final moments.”
Jhutty said education about drugs and gangs was a priority in their household, so the idea that the boys’ deaths could be gang-related comes as a shock.
The family of Jassi Bhangal has been in a similar state of shock since his death.
“My family and I haven’t been the same since,” Sharon Bhangal, Jassi’s older sister, said at a news conference. “We have a huge hole in our hearts that can never be filled.”
Following the teenagers’ murder, concerned citizens founded Wake Up Surrey and organized a protest outside Surrey City Hall, which was attended by thousands who spoke out against gang violence, including grieving family members of the two teens.
On Monday, the City of Surrey announced its plans to transition to an independent police force by April 1, 2021. Hopefully this will make a difference in the crime statistics. -CINEWS