Source: Los Angeles Times
On September 22, 2001, The Los Angeles Times reported: "Balbir Singh Sodhi was a businessman, not a terrorist. He was Indian, not Arab. He was a Sikh, not a Muslim." The local community responded to his murder with a memorial, with candles, flowers and cards. "'Don't feel alone. We are all Sikh,' said one. 'I have lived here all my life. I hope I can be as American as you,' read another."