A 55-year-old father who was stabbed to death in what Oxnard police called a “senseless act of violence” was identified Friday.
Labh Nigah, a resident of Oxnard, was walking in Sierra Linda Park (map) about 8:40 a.m. Thursday when he was repeatedly stabbed by an unknown number of assailants, according to the Oxnard Police Department. Nigah died a short time later.
The attack occurred in a park next to an elementary school in a “safe and prosperous” residential area that rarely sees violent crime, police said.
The motive for the killing was unknown, police said.
"My dad never had an enemies ... at work, nor outside with the public, nowhere," daughter Harlen Kaur said of her father.
A relative of the victim spoke with the Times of India, saying her brother-in-law was Nigah and that the family believed the killing might be a hate crime. Nigah was described as Punjabi by the English-language Indian newspaper.
Nigah had just dropped his son off at school before he was killed, the woman told the newspaper.
Police Cmdr. Eric S. Sonstegard said there was no evidence to indicate the killing was a hate crime, but he confirmed the attack occurred after Nigah had dropped his child off at the nearby school.
Police officers were on Friday speaking to neighbors and parkgoers in an effort to find out what happened, and they were at neighboring Sierra Linda Elementary School to provide reassurance for the children walking to school.
The department planned to increase the number of uniformed officers in the area.
"It happened in broad daylight, it happened in the morning," resident Leslie Mark said. "The park was full of people. I had just walked through there."
Anyone with information was urged to contact the Police Department online or through Ventura County Crimes Stoppers at 800-222-8477, or by calling or emailing Detective Miguel Serrato at 805-385-7688 or Miguel.firstname.lastname@example.org.
KTLA's Kennedy Ryan contributed to this story.