Brooklyn Sikh missing in Mexico is found dead

NEW YORK (TIP): The Brooklyn man Hari Simran Singh Khalsa, 25, who had gone missing Tuesday, December 30 while hiking in the mountains outside Tepoztlan was found dead. His body was found Friday, January 2 in a narrow ravine, officials said.

Khalsa had fallen while hiking, sustaining multiple fractures to his skull and dying instantly.

Tepoztlan, a popular tourist destination near Mexico City, is known for its mountain peaks and the towering cliffs.

His family is now dealing with the legal aspect of bringing his remains back to Virginia to be cremated, according to information on the website ‘’ that was set up after the young yoga instructor went missing.

The memorial service would be held at a Gurdwara in Sterling, Virginia and Khalsa’s family plans to create a foundation in his honour, “dedicated to his spirit of service and inspiration.”

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Vigils were held last week in cities in Virginia, New York, California and New Mexico as well as among communities in Europe, Latin America and China.

A remembrance from members of the Occupy Wall Street movement was held over the weekend here.

Khalsa was influential in establishing and leading the ‘Occupy Yoga NY’ movement, which brought meditation and yoga into the heart of the protests against social and economic inequality.

Khalsa was a member of the Sikh-American community who originally hailed from Brooklyn and had been running a Yoga center in Virginia along with his wife.

He was a long-time practitioner of the Kundalini yoga and had taught the yoga form and meditation to activists during the Occupy Wall Street campaign in 2011.

He is survived by his wife and parents.

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