Vigil for Sikh shooting victims Tuesday follows Brookfield memorial
WTMJ News Team
BROOKFIELD- The entire community is wrapping its arms around the victims and their families impacted by this horror.
There will be a vigil Tuesday at 8:30 p.m. at the Oak Creek Community Center at 8580 South Howell. The vigil is part of Oak Creek's annual National Night Out celebration.
It follows vigils that immediately followed the shooting, then moved to another Sikh temple in metropolitan Milwaukee.
On Sunday night, a vigil in Cathedral Square had a simple message: "Wisconsin weeps."
On Monday, hundreds showed their support at a Brookfield temple.
"This is one very large community," said Deanna Singh. "We're all one huge family."
"I think it's a sad day for all of us. It's horrific what happened (Sunday)," said Harbander Sithi.
One by one supporters filed into the Sikh temple in Brookfield to pray, mourn, and support those who have lost loved ones.
There was so much support for the Oak Creek Sikh temple, the crowd overflowed outside the Brookfield temple.
Gov. Scott Walker arrived shortly after 7 p.m. and met with a group of Sikh community members on the sidewalk in front of the temple. "In addition to mourning with you and praying with you, we support you," said the governor.
The president of Sikh temple in Oak Creek was one of the six Sikhs murdered, a man who touched many lives.
"We've lost some people in our congregation, we've lost some of our family members who were our uncles and our aunt. To think they are gone because somebody didn't know enough to ask questions before," said Singh.
"You know when you can't think of a world where someone isn't in it, this is not how he should have left us. My heart is broken in half," described Singh.
After a prayer in the temple, the crowd poured outside for an emotional candlelight vigil
The look on the youngest faces in this crowd speaks volumes to the heartache this community feels, said TODAY'S TMJ4's Lacey Crisp.
But vigils like the ones on Monday night help remember those who were lost.
"It feels like we're not alone, that the community is with us," said Jesse Gill.
Sikh community members told TODAY'S TMJ4 while they felt targeted on Sunday, they are feeling love from the community on Monday.