Tragedy at FedEx

The American flag above the White House flies at half-mast April 16, 2021. (Andrew Harnik/AP)

The American flag above the White House flies at half-mast April 16, 2021. (Andrew Harnik/AP)

Emily Brown, print staff

   On the partly cloudy night of April 15, 2021, in Indianapolis, a tragedy occured. At the FedEx Ground facility, former employee Brandon Scott Hole acted out a rage of violence against the workers.

   After nine people were killed, one including the shooter himself, we’re often led to wonder “Why?” Police have found evidence that the shooter had browsed white supremactist websites about a year before the tragedy. His mother had contacted the police in March of 2020 shortly after he had first purchased the gun. He had expressed his wish to pull the firearm on police in hopes of committing suicide-by-cop. He was taken to a mental facility later that day. When police had entered their home, they then found the white supremacist websites Hole had viewed. 

   Out of the eight killed from his gunfire, four were of the area’s Sikh community. Four more people affected in the attack are still hospitalized. The eight victims were: Matthew R. Alexander, 32; Samaria Blackwell, 19; Amarjeet Johal, 66; Jasvinder Kaur, 50; Jaswinder Singh, 68; Amarjit Sekhon, 48; Karli Smith, 19; and John Weisert, 74. 

   Although the shooter’s motive isn’t known yet, Satjeet Kaur, the executive director of the Sikh Coalition, said, “He targeted a facility known to be heavily populated by Sikh employees, and the attack is traumatic for our community as we continue to face senseless violence.” 

   The Sikh Coalition wrote in a letter to the Biden administration, “It was no accident that the shooter targeted this particular FedEx facility where he had worked and knew was overwhelmingly staffed by Sikhs.”

   After the 19 year old Hole had killed eight FedEx workers, he turned the gun on himself. As of April 27, 2021, $1,450,000 has been raised on GoFundMe for the survivors. Another GoFundMe has raised $96,000 for the Sikh FedEx victims memorial.