Temple trustee says Milwaukee's outreach is helping Sikh believers grieve
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MILWAUKEE - A trustee who serves the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin says that though they are greatly suffering after the shootings that killed six people Sunday, people from all over Milwaukee are showing their kindness and understanding.
"We have great help. First of all, immediate members of the family, we are giving words of comfort, we are giving them food or (from) any other needs that they have," said Dr. Kulwant Singh Dhaliwal on TODAY'S TMJ4's "Live at Daybreak."
"Then, we also have the support of the community. The whole community, Sikhs, Hindu brothers, Christian brothers all came and shared their grief with us. The grief they share has helped."
Officials say Wade Page is suspected of killing six people and injuring three others at the temple on Sunday. An Oak Creek police officer then shot and killed Page.
Dr. Dhaliwal said that still, the pain remains fresh for so many who were affected by the shootings.
"The mood is very sad. We are shocked all around, but we will cope with it.
He told "Live at Daybreak" that groups from around America are guiding the Sikh Temple in reaching out to Milwaukee.
"There were some national organizations who came to help us. They said we should have outreach to the community to educate the people on who the Sikhs really are, so there are no incidents because of mistaken identity."
He also said bilingual grief counselors are assisting those who need help who only speak Punjabi and have trouble with English.