Slain Sikh Cabdriver Honored by Procession

September 18, 2003

Source: The Mercury News

On September 18, 2003 The Mercury News reported that "about 300 cabdrivers are expected to drive in a massive memorial procession today honoring a Sikh cabdriver who was slain in Redwood City on Saturday.

The man who died, 21-year-old Davinder Singh, was shot while driving two passengers. One of the passengers, Lousa Mataele, 31, of Menlo Park was arrested soon after. Family members and cabdrivers say the shooting was racially motivated because Singh was wearing a turban and long beard that some Sikhs have said are mistaken for those worn by Osama bin Laden and his followers. But Redwood City police have concluded that robbery was the primary motive. The procession starts at 11 a.m. today at 620 Airport Drive in San Carlos and proceeds to a memorial service in San Jose."