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In Wisconsin, Thousands To Pay Homage To Sikh Temple Shooting Victims

Filed by KOSU News in US News.
August 10, 2012

Several thousand people from across the U.S. and the world are expected in Oak Creek, Wis., today as Sikhs gather to mourn for the six people killed during Sunday’s shooting rampage at a temple.

According to Milwaukee’s Journal Sentinel, things will begin at 10 a.m. ET with a two-hour visitation and wake in the gymnasium of Oak Creek High School. Oak Creek Mayor Steve Scaffidi expects more people will attend than were at a vigil in the city Tuesday night, when 3,000 gathered. Among those expected to speak is U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder.

Afterward, the victims’ families will gather for cremations.

Later today, members of the Sikh temple will begin a traditional rite called an “akhand path.” According to The Associated Press, it is “a ceremony that involves a series of priests reading their holy book aloud from cover to cover. The process, which takes 48 hours, is intended to honor the memories of the six victims.”

You can read an English translation of that holy book, the Guru Granth Sahib, here.

Our colleagues at Milwaukee’s WUWM have a report here about the six people who were killed. The station also posted a conversation that correspondent Bob Bach had with one member of the temple, Rajinder Singh. “Our heart is broke,” Rajinder Singh said. [Copyright 2012 National Public Radio]

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