Local Candlelight Vigil Honors Milwaukee Sikh Shooting Victims

About 2,000 gather at San Jose gurdwara to remember the six people gunned down last Sunday at Sikh worship house in Oak Creek, Wisconsin.

The candlelight vigil at San Jose Sikh Gurdwara Temple in Evergreen Valley was held Wednesday evening in remembrance of

It was touching to see representatives from so many different faiths and walks of life come together to join in time of sadness and reflection.

The Sikh gurdwara is proud to have such a loving and spirited community.

Thousands of people, about 2,000, were present in solidarity.

The program started with words of condolences by different faith leaders, government officials, fire department and law enforcement personnel.

A prayer for the lost souls and wellness of injured was held.

The heroic action of Lt. Brian Murphy was recognized. He was hit by a barrage of bullets from the gunman, U.S. Army reservist Wade Michael Page. He took  nine bullets when he responded to one of the injured persons the day of the shooting. The gunman was killed by police after exchanging gunfire.

Dr. Andrew Kille of the Silicon Valley Interreligious Council read a comment posted on an online forum: "I was going to post something telling you the differences between Hindus, Muslims and Sikhs, but then I realized you don't need to know anything about someone's religion to know not to shoot them."

Everyone pledged to help and support the victims of this tragic event and pray for love and peace to overcome this war and hate that unfortunately does still exist in our society.

Together we will overcome it.

Sheila Sanchez August 10, 2012 at 03:16 AM
Thank you for submitting this piece, Sukhdev. It's greatly appreciated. Nice to see everyone come together to help each other with the grieving process. So sorry for our six Sikh brothers and sisters who perished on Aug. 5 in such a horrific manner. I'm alarmed that the Southern Poverty Law Center had tracked the gunman, Wade Michael Page, for the past decade and knew he was in a number of Skinhead rock bands, which promote hatred toward minorities, non-white. Aren't these hate groups regulated by the government?
Sukhdev Singh Bainiwal August 10, 2012 at 03:33 AM
Government should do more to keep a close watch on hate groups to prevent any further incidents like Wisconsin Sikh Temple Shooting. We as citizens should also report any such groups who spread hatred to authorities.
AR August 10, 2012 at 03:45 AM
Yet a representative from the Southern Poverty Law Center has also expressly stated that there was nothing illegal about Page's speech, and that it is the opinion of the SPLC (not mine), there is no reason for permissable free speech to be given special attention by the law. We have the freedom to say hateful things in this country. Violent *acts* are illegal. If you want to curtail violent acts, limit access to guns, not speech.
Frank Geefay August 10, 2012 at 05:17 PM
I am heartened to see that there is far more love, sympathy, and compassion in this world than hate, anger, and rage. This is such a tragic and senseless act that shouldn't have happened in a country where the Bill of Right should, in part, define what we are about. We need to stop blaming people of different race, color, and religion for all the problems that exist in this country. They are being used as skate goats for our economic and social woes by social bullies such as the far right wing fringe who want to blame their problems on people who are different than themselves. The government cannot stop them. We the people must stop them by our intolerance of such social bully behavior as we are of children bullying other children.
Tina August 19, 2012 at 10:25 AM
Sukhdevji, they exist as have for years. Whether they target black americans, Muslim Americans, Latinos or Sikhs, you do not know the mindset of why and when. they are a very pocketed society of ignorance and built up hate. I have a weird theory of having of one of their own ex address them as the cops can't do anything unless called. They need to be hit on their own ground to calm them as all they do is follow and hate. Very sad.


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