Mourners of the kidnapped and murdered Merced family have broken their silence over the tragic aftermath of the disturbing event.
Surviving members have revealed the heartbreaking story of the four California relatives who were ripped from their lives on October 3rd.
“This is the story of our shared American Dream gone awry,” said a GoFundMe organized in honor of the family.
The memorial fund is set up after the bodies of Jasdeep Singh, 36, Jasleen Kaur, 27, their little girl Aroohi Dheri and 29-year-old Amandeep Singh were found in a field by police late on October 5.
The family members have been reported missing since Monday October 3 after a masked gunman abducted them from the offices of their trucking company where they worked to care for one another.
“As immigrants to America, they have worked tirelessly for 18 years to achieve safety, security and community for themselves and their families,” reads GoFundMe.
“Aman and Jasdeep were the main breadwinners of the family, supporting their aging parents and living under the same roof.”
Surviving family members include Aroohi’s grandparents, Aman’s wife Jaspreet Kaur and their children, six-year-old Ekam and nine-year-old Seerat.
GoFundMe, organized by Jaspreet, spoke candidly about the intense struggle faced by the grieving grandparents and new-found single mother, saying: “You have left a void in your family that cannot be filled.”
“Jass is now a single mom taking care of two bright kids who are left without their dad and can’t understand why their dad won’t return.”
The memorial fund has raised over $300,000 to “support the upbringing and education of Edam (6) and Seerat (9) and provide financial relief to Jass, Randhir and Kirpal during these trying times.
Police have arrested two men in connection with the crime – Jesus Manuel Saldago and his brother Alberto.
Saldago, who previously worked for the family two years ago, remains in critical condition as he attempted suicide before being arrested on murder and kidnapping charges on Wednesday.
Horrific surveillance footage showed Salgado allegedly kidnapping the family at gunpoint from their Northern California store.
The alleged kidnapper wore a medical mask over his face as he escorted her from the South Highway 59 store to a waiting car.
The Singh siblings appeared to have their hands tied behind their backs as they were forced into the vehicle while Kaur was allowed to carry their child.
A farm worker discovered the bodies at gunpoint days after the abduction in an “extremely” rural and remote area of Merced County.
Victim spokespersons confirmed Thursday that the problems began after Salgado was deployed out of state two years ago.
“When he came back they had a little argument with the owners and the truck drivers so I think he got so angry and did this action after almost two years,” Edwin Kainth told NBC Bay Area.
The family had opened the office for their company Unison Trucking Inc just a week earlier, family members told local news outlet KXTV.
The horrific deaths have prompted two women to tell the Los Angeles Times how they were terrorized by Salgado 17 years ago.
Salgado was previously convicted of first-degree robbery involving the use of a firearm in Merced County, attempting false incarceration and attempting to prevent or dissuade a victim or witness, the AP reported.
He was also found guilty of attempted false imprisonment and attempting to dissuade or dissuade a victim or witness after holding a family he worked for at gunpoint and forcing them to obey his orders .
Salgado worked for the family’s trucking company but was fired in 2004 because the family suspected he was stealing money, members of the Times said.
On the night of December 19, 2005, he showed up at her home wearing a mask.
Pointing a gun to the father’s head and tying his hands with duct tape, Salgado recalled the victim’s then 16-year-old daughter Katrina and urged the newspaper not to use her last name.
Salgado then rounded up the family, as well as a pal of Katrina’s who was visiting at the time.
He took her to the garage, where the family kept a safe containing cash and jewelry, she and her mother, Kathy, said.
“I was so scared,” Kathy recalled, adding, “and I expected to hear the shot as soon as it was open.”
After brutally robbing them and even taking Kathy’s wedding ring, Salgado led the terrified family to the backyard pool and made them jump in as he escaped, the women said.
But he was caught just days later after the family reported him to the police.
In 2007, Salgado was sentenced to 11 years in state prison for robbery.
However, according to the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, he was released in 2015 and paroled three years later.
This is because the motive behind the kidnapping of the Merced family remains unclear.
The Associated Press reported that the kidnapper made no ransom demands.
“My husband is a very peaceful and calm person. We have no idea why they kidnapped her,” said Jaspreet Caur, the kidnapped uncle’s wife.
Merced County Sheriff Vern Warnke said he believes the family was killed shortly after they were kidnapped from their store.
The suspect’s younger brother, Alberto Salgado, 41, was arrested on suspicion of helping him destroy evidence, authorities said on Friday.
He was charged with criminal conspiracy, aiding and abetting and destruction of evidence, sheriffs said.
https://www.the-sun.com/news/6404370/relatives-of-killed-merced-family-break-silence/ Merced quadruple murder update as the family breaks the silence on the heartbreaking plight and struggle of two children left without a father