NOVA Scotia’s Truro Police Service said on Wednesday that it “continues to investigate the tragic and senseless death of Prabhjot Singh Katri which has been ruled a homicide” and that “police are working diligently on this case and have made substantial progress.”
In a post on their Facebook page, the Truro Police said: “As this is an ongoing investigation, we cannot speculate on motive, or comment on the circumstances surrounding this tragedy. “Investigators continue to consider all factors in this case, including to determine whether this crime was motivated by hate.
“The Truro Police Service is in regular communication with Prabhjot’s family, friends and the Maritime Sikh Society.
“This senseless act has deeply shaken our community. We wish to extend our deepest sympathies to the Canadian Sikh Community who is also mourning this loss.”
An online fundraiser had raised almost $100,000 by Thursday night to send Katri’s body to India.
Katri, 23, who came to Canada from Punjab in 2017 for higher studies was murdered Sunday, September 5.
After finishing his studies, Katri had been on a work visa and was driving a cab.
According to news reports, Katri was returning home when he was attacked not far from the apartment he shared with his sister and her husband.
According to the GoFundMe page set up for Katri, “a crazy group of guys” stabbed him in his throat as he was returning home from his friend’s place. “Prabhjot lost his life within half an hour [of] being stabbed,” it said.
A post on the Facebook page of the Maritime Sikh Society last week stated: “Prabhjot was the youngest of three siblings, left two elder sisters and a mother, having lost his armyman dad at the border in 1999, when only 6 months old. Our heart breaks for the mother who raised three children while grieving for her husband and was looking forward to see his son flourishing, after all the hard work and struggles.”