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Friends of Surrey shooting victim at complete loss why he was targeted

Raj Sangha was gunned down Monday, Nov. 26, in Surrey's Panorama Ridge neighbourhood. (Source: Bali K. Deol/Facebook)

SURREY (NEWS 1130) — Raj Sangha, the victim of Surrey’s latest homicide case, is being remembered by friends as a “humble, caring and a wonderful human being.”

The 41-year-old was gunned down Monday afternoon in the city’s Panorama Ridge neighborhood, and those who knew him are struggling to understand why.

Suki Pangalia says Sangha used to volunteer at his dance school back in the 90’s and became something of a mentor to the kids there. Sangha would remain an active member of the arts community, even founding an international dance competition called the Bhangra Idols.

Pangalia says he was shocked to learn that his long-time friend had been killed in what police describe as a targetted shooting. He wonders if this was a case of mistaken identity.

“He’s such a stand-up guy, everybody looks up to him and he actually protects other people. He’s one guy who’s a peacemaker,” Pangalia says. “He definitely did not deserve this. We need to figure out a way to bring some justice and some closure.”

He also says he has no idea why the Integrated Homicide Investigations Team would call the murder a “targeted” hit, given that Sangha had no apparent connections to criminal gangs.

A black sedan linked to the shooting was later found on fire in Richmond and investigators are now seeking out dashcam footage from drivers who traveled between Surrey and Richmond Monday afternoon.

Sangha’s family will hold a series of vigils for Raj at the following locations and times:

Crown Palace & Banquet Hall (12025 Nordel Way, Surrey)

Wednesday, Nov. 28 – 12 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Thursday, Nov. 29 – 12 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Bear Creek Park will also host a candle light vigil on Saturday, Dec. 1, at 5 p.m.