Local Sikhs to gather for candlelight vigil to honor shooting victims
August 9, 2012
NEW — 2 p.m. Aug. 9, 2012
King County‘s Sikh community plans to hold a public candlelight vigil Saturday to remember the worshipers killed in a shooting at a Wisconsin temple Aug. 5.
Issaquah-area King County Councilman Reagan Dunn met local Sikh leaders in the days after the tragedy.
“Sikhs in the Pacific Northwest and all throughout the United States should never feel fear when entering their place of worship,” he said in a statement. “My thoughts and prayers go out to the families and loved ones of those that lost their lives this past weekend.”
In the Wisconsin shooting, a gunman killed six people during a ceremony at the Milwaukee-area temple and then died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
“This tragedy came from a place of ignorance and hatred,” said Jasmit Singh, a member of Renton-based Gurdwara Singh Sabha of Washington. “But we are hoping to create awareness and acceptance here in our state of Washington. We choose not to live in fear.”
The candlelight vigil features a prayer service, informational presentation on Sikhism, and opportunities for others to show support. Following the event, a community meal, or langar, is scheduled.
The event runs from 7:30-8:30 p.m. at Gurdwara Singh Sabha of Washington, 5200 Talbot Road S., Renton.