COREY WILLIAMS and TAMMY WEBBER
Sandeep Dhaliwal carried a badge and a gun while devoting his life to a faith that teaches love and peace.
Dhaliwal, who was fatally shot from behind during a traffic stop Friday, was the first Sikh sheriff's deputy on a force that covers an area including the nation's fourth largest city of Houston. Four years ago he won an accommodation to wear his turban and a beard while patrolling.
Friends said Dhaliwal, 42, was an example of how love-inspired service to others can tear down walls of distrust and misunderstanding.
"He was just a gem of a person. He was a beautiful soul," Simran Jeet Singh, a senior religion fellow at the New York-based Sikh Coalition, said Saturday. "Everyone who knew him admired him greatly."
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