Friday, July 06, 2007

Tragedy at Lake Natoma

This terrible tragedy reminds us again of the increasing need for public safety in the parks of our region.

As our population grows and natural resources are increasingly accessed, there needs to be a corresponding growth in the level of law enforcement rather than the decrease we have seen over the past ten years, particularly in the Parkway.

Man injured in attack at lake dies
Investigators seek details in assault, including reports of possible hate crime.
By David Richie - Bee Staff Writer
Published 12:00 am PDT Friday, July 6, 2007

Family members gathered at Mercy San Juan Medical Center on Thursday and said goodbye to Satendar Singh.

Singh's four-day struggle to recover from head trauma he suffered Sunday at Lake Natoma ended Thursday afternoon after family members and doctors agreed to end his life support.

The 26-year-old was fatally injured in an assault after what witnesses said was an ugly verbal attack laced with racist and homophobic slurs.

On Thursday, family members took him off life support after the arrival of his aunt and uncle, Suvin and Camie Bhuie, and his grandmother, Chand Singh. They are the closest and most senior members of Singh's large extended family in the area.

Singh died at 4:55 p.m., according to officials.