Community leaders from around the central San Joaquin Valley gathered Tuesday at a town hall in Fresno to condemn an attack Dec. 26 on an elderly Sikh man in what police consider a hate crime. Amrik Singh Bal, 68, was walking in a neighborhood west of Highway 99 in Fresno just before 7 a.m. Dec. 26 to meet his ride to work as a farmhand when he was attacked. He wore a blue turban and has a long, white beard. Bal was left with a broken collar bone and several stitches. The assailants were described as white men in their mid-20s. Community members and elected officials brainstormed at the town hall on how to prevent such tragedies in the future. acastillo@fresnobee.com Andrea Castillo
Community leaders from around the central San Joaquin Valley gathered Tuesday at a town hall in Fresno to condemn an attack Dec. 26 on an elderly Sikh man in what police consider a hate crime. Amrik Singh Bal, 68, was walking in a neighborhood west of Highway 99 in Fresno just before 7 a.m. Dec. 26 to meet his ride to work as a farmhand when he was attacked. He wore a blue turban and has a long, white beard. Bal was left with a broken collar bone and several stitches. The assailants were described as white men in their mid-20s. Community members and elected officials brainstormed at the town hall on how to prevent such tragedies in the future. acastillo@fresnobee.com Andrea Castillo

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