Candlelight vigil honors slain Sikhs
OAK CREEK, Wis.
Hundreds of people gathered Monday night to mark the one-year anniversary of a shooting rampage at a Wisconsin Sikh temple with a candlelight vigil in the very parking lot where two of the six victims died.
The vigil brings to a close a weekend of events honoring the victims, who died 12 months ago when a white supremacist who didn’t know them opened fire. The gunman, who wounded five other worshippers and an Oak Creek police officer, killed himself in the same parking lot.
The shooting prompted an outpouring of support from around the world. Donors raised more than $1.1 million for the victims’ families.
The relatives, along with other temple members, never have reacted publicly with anger or calls for vengeance. On the contrary, several have used the tragedy as a call to action, urging community members to join them in waging peace.