The Temple Massacre: One Year Later
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MENASHA-- It’s a somber anniversary as six shooting victims are remembered one year after the massacre at the Sikh temple in Oak Creek.
Tonight, make-shift memorials can be seen at the site as the entire state pauses to honor those killed.
"We've faced challenges ,obviously, in our one hundred years in this country, but nothing of this magnitude,” said Jasjit Singh.
Jasjit Singh will forever remember August 5, 2012 as the day a white supremacist went on a shooting rampage at the Oak Creek Sikh temple. Just one day before the shootings, Singh was on a panel discussing challenges Asian American communities face.
“I was talking about hate crimes, in the context of our community and so for the next day for something like this to happen,” he said.
Singh is the executive director of SALDEF, a national advocacy group for Sikhs. He's been working to have attacks on Sikhs recognized as hate crimes, which the FBI recently began tracking for the first time.
“But that's reflective of how much progress still needs to be made," Singh said.
At the Sikh temple of the Fox Valley, prayers continue to go out in hopes that the Sikh message will be heard.
"Always is forgiveness and Sikh community always bring hope,” said Bhagwant Singh Balli.
The vigil in Oak Creek begins at 7:30 p.m. Here in the Fox Valley, the Sikh Temple of the Fox Valley in Menasha is holding open prayer every Sunday in August for all faiths to heal from the shootings.