Oak Creek Sikh Temple Shooting: One Year Later
The Sikh community and all of Wisconsin are remembering those killed in the temple shooting one year ago.Photo: Video by nbc26.com
CREATED Aug. 2, 2013
MILWUAKEE - The Sikh community and all of Wisconsin are remembering those killed in the temple shooting one year ago.
Monday marks the anniversary, where a white supremacist killed six worshippers and wounded five others.
The effects of that day changed one temple in the Fox Valley. Bhagwant Singh Balli, Priest at the Sikh Temple of the Fox Valley, knew the victims and says their community is moving forward with a message for all.
“Kindness and forgiveness,” he said.
At the Federal Courthouse in Milwaukee, many speakers took the podium to remember August 5, 2012.
“We may never know the evil that resides in someone's heart,” said Sen. Ron Johnson, Wisconsin.
The tragedy shook the Sikh community and the entire state.
“This is for everybody. It doesn't matter, Sikh, Hindu, Muslim, Christian, everybody can come and pray,” said Balli.
He explains, from that terrible day, he's trying to see some good. There is more awareness for their religion, and a greater acceptance.
“What we can be thankful for is the peaceful manner in which the Sikh community responded to this horrific tragedy,” said Sen. Johnson.
The only way to heal is using their faith.
“We still have hope. Hope is not a dead end,” said Balli.
The temple in Menasha will be holding their own memorial next week, Sunday, Aug. 11th from 4-6 p.m. It’s open to anyone. There will be a dinner following. Any person with a head scarf should bring one.