Store clerk fatally stabbed for refusing to sell cigarettes

32-year-old Jagjeet Singh was stabbed to death after a confrontation with a customer.

In Modesto, California, police are asking for the public's help identifying the man suspected of fatally stabbing a gas station employee, who was apparently attacked after an altercation with a customer over a fake ID.

Modesto Store Clerk Killed in Stabbing Outside Hatch Food and Gas

32-year-old Jagjeet Singh, a clerk at Hatch Food and Gas, was stabbed to death outside the store late Thursday night. According to a co-worker, Singh had gotten into a confrontation earlier in the evening with a customer who unsuccessfully attempted to buy cigarettes with a fake identification.

Later that same day, just before midnight, the unidentified man returned and stabbed Singh outside the store, leaving him critically wounded. He was rushed to the hospital, where he died on Friday.

"Paramedics responded because an employee had collapsed and they thought this to be a medical issue," Modesto police officer Eric Schuller told FOX40 News. "When they arrived on scene they found that this employee has actually been stabbed."

The store's surveillance system captured images of a black car and images of the suspect. Investigators are asking for the public's assistance in identifying Singh's killer. Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call the Modesto Police Department at 209-521-4636.

Singh was a husband and father of two who had only been working at the store for a month. He had come to the U.S. from India a year and a half ago in order to work and support his family in Kapurthala, Punjab.

According to The American Bazaar, Singh was the fourth victim of Indian descent to be killed since Wednesday night in three separate incidents across the United States.

On Wednesday night, Silicon Valley executive Naren Prabhu and his wife, Raynah, were gunned down at their home in San Jose by an ex-boyfriend of their daughter.

On Thursday, Ramesh Kumar, a 32-year-old Indian American physician, was found dead in the passenger seat of his car on a highway near Detroit.

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