Local Sikhs to gather for candlelight vigil to honor shooting victims

August 9, 2012

By Staff

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.

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One Response to “Local Sikhs to gather for candlelight vigil to honor shooting victims”

  1. Jim Spice on August 9th, 2012 2:26 pm

    Our friends at the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin obviously have a lot on their minds right now. To ease their burden somewhat, the Interfaith Conference of Greater Milwaukee has stepped forward to accept online donations to the temple’s Victims Memorial Fund at http://www.SikhHelp.org/. Contributions are processed securely online through the ICoGM PayPal account, and all proceeds will be transferred directly to the temple. The ICoGM is a tax exempt 501(c)(3) organization, so your donation may be claimed as a charitable contribution for tax purposes.

    If you prefer to donate the old fashioned way, check or money order can be sent via snail mail to:

    Victim Memorial Fund c/o Sikh Temple of Wisconsin

    7512 S. Howell Ave.

    Oak Creek, WI 53154

    You can also help spread the work by “Liking” and “Sharing” the SikhHelp.org Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/SikhHelp

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