‘West Chester is a safe place to live’: Community holding words of wisdom, prayer in wake of tragedy

‘West Chester is a safe place to live’: Community holding words of wisdom, prayer in wake of tragedy
West Chester police investigate a quadruple homicide at Lakefront at West Chester apartment complex off Wyndtree Drive Monday morning. (Photo: Twitter)

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - The West Chester Board of Trustees wants the community to come together after four relatives were killed at an apartment on Sunday.

Hakikat Singh Panag, 59, his wife Paramjit Kaur, 62, their daughter Shalinder Kaur, 39, and his wife’s sister, Amarjit Kaur, 58, were shot at Lakefront apartment complex April 28.

“Our community is reeling from the murders of our neighbors. Together we mourn the loss of human life and extend our collective community support to their family and for our Sikh neighbors,” West Chester city officials said.

City officials said in support of the local Sikh community and to honor the victims, the leaders of Guru Nanak have been invited to provide words of wisdom and prayer prior to the the West Chester Board of Trustees meeting on Tuesday, May 7.

They promised the police department is working diligently to find the person or persons responsible.

"Rest assured our Police Department has the resources, skills and commitment needed to find justice in the wake of this tragedy. Holding accountable the person responsible for this unimaginable crime is our top priority.

West Chester is a safe place to live. The exceptional services of a well-trained professional and visible police department and fire department keep us safe. We are, however, also safe because our neighbors are highly engaged and look out for one another.

West Chester is a welcoming community that celebrates diversity in all forms (faith, race, nationality, gender, life experience…). You don’t have to live here your entire life to feel like you belong. Neighborhood block parties, events, charitable outreach and volunteerism all show the world who we truly are. This welcoming attitude makes us one of America’s Best Places to Live."

On Tuesday, a law enforcement source told FOX19 that a dive team with Ohio’s Bureau of Criminal Investigation recovered a gun from a pond at the complex where the relatives were killed.

West Chester Police Chief Joel Herzog said this is still an active investigation and police are looking to identify a suspect at this time.

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