Blackheath murder: Vigil for Gagandip Singh from Bexleyheath
PUBLISHED: 09:47 03 March 2011
Hundreds of people turned out to pay tribute to an "extraordinary guy" at the site where his body was found in the boot of a burning car.
Relatives and friends of Gagandip Singh, 21, from Bexleyheath, held a candlelit vigil in Angerstein Lane, Blackheath, on Monday, with religious leaders and mourners travelling from as far as Birmingham.
Firefighters made the grim discovery in the boot of the Mercedes C class at about 2am on Saturday after putting out the blaze. A post-mortem revealed he suffered severe head injuries, further tests are being conducted.
Three people have appeared in court charged with his murder.
Mr Singh’s mother, Tarjinder Kaur Singh, who is diabetic and suffered a heart attack when her husband was murdered in 2009, fainted at the service and was treated at the site by medical staff.
Close friend, Sunny Khakh, 26, from Charlton, said: “He was an extraordinary guy.
“He could change people’s lives. We feel like he’s going to come home soon, it doesn’t make sense. This shouldn’t have happened to him.”
Mr Singh was studying business and human resources at Greenwich university and had become a part-time student after his father was shot dead in India two years ago.
He was the owner of Sikh TV, a Sikh channel, as well as two recruitment agencies, including The Superior Service Co, in Plumstead.
Sumanjeet Kaur Bhullar, 25, a broadcaster from East London, said: “He knew when to be serious but beneath it all, you knew that there was this charming young lad.
“He made it possible for so many people to carry out service in the community and allowing that to happen brought the community together.
“For a 21-year-old to have had this perspective was inspirational. I hope everyone around him continues the work he started.”
Mr Singh who leaves behind a younger sister, Aman Kaur Singh, 19, was an active member of the Sikh community and attended the temple, Gurdwara Sahib in Woolwich. He had a black belt in Twai Kwono and enjoyed playing football.
Manager of Sikh TV, Gursevak Singh, 31, from Birmingham, said: “We were like brothers, very close. We shared a lot together.
“He never got into arguments, he’s more of a person who would help people, that’s the tragic thing.
“He was very respected in the community and had many businesses at the age of 21. This was just the start of his career and he was a potential politician.
“He hadn’t got over the death of his father.
“Not many people can achieve as much as he did in his short life.”
Darren Peters, 19, of Shooters Hill Road, Blackheath, Mundill Kaur Mahil, 19, of Maidstone Road, Chatham, and Harvinder Singh Shoker, 19, of Charlton Park Lane, Charlton have all been charged with the murder.
All three appeared at the Old Bailey yesterday for a short bail hearing and were remanded in custody until June 6 to enter pleas.