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Races, religions united during vigil for Sikh community in Oak Creek

Races, religions united during vigil for Sikh community in Oak Creek

By Annie Scholz. CREATED Aug 7, 2012 - UPDATED: Aug 7, 2012

OAK CREEK- The Oak Creek Sikh temple shooting: It's a tragedy that's united people of all races and religions.

Some people at Tuesday night's vigil knew nothing about the Sikh community before this tragedy.

TODAY'S TMJ4's Annie Scholz said the message Tuesday was: We are one, and we will go forward together.

Sharon Bea and her husband Bob don't know any of the victims of Sunday's shooting, but they knew they had to be at the vigil to show support.

"I just, I feel so hurt for them (crying)," said Sharon Bea to TODAY'S TMJ4.  "I just couldn't help but feel for how awful that must have been."

The night drew big names like Governor Walker and U.S. Representative Paul Ryan.  But the crowd was also filled with families, the faithful, and the people of all backgrounds and beliefs, side by side in a show of solidarity.

Tiffany Wood's pastor encouraged her to come.

"No matter the faith, it's a tragedy and I just wanted to come out to show my support," said Wood.

And it was important to her that her three children be a part of it.

"I can't shelter them, they're going to have to face these tragedies as they grow up also so I just hope they're there to support people and you never know, it could be your own family members," said Wood.

And in the end, it was one big family.

Bea told TODAY'S TMJ4, "The only thing I know how to do at this point is show support and then tell them that we're praying for them, what more can you do?"

Governor Walker made brief remarks before announcing that first lady Tonette Walker had to go to the hospital to undergo tests for stomach pain.

The governor's press secretary told TODAY'S TMJ4 it's not a life-threatening situation.