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Hundreds attend anniversary service of Sikh Temple shootings

Family members and mourners fight their emotions during a wake and visitation service for victims of last Sunday's attack at a Sikh temple, at Oak Creek High School, in Oak Creek, Wisconsin August 10, 2012.
Family members and mourners fight their emotions during a wake and visitation service for victims of last Sunday's attack at a Sikh temple, at Oak Creek High School, in Oak Creek, Wisconsin August 10, 2012.

OAK CREEK, WI (WTAQ) - A Sikh Temple leader in Oak Creek said lots of people were hurt by the shooting massacre at the temple a year ago Monday.

Still, Pardeep Kaleka said a million good things came from it.

Hundreds of people jammed the Oak Creek temple Sunday for an anniversary service. Flags, pictures, and roses reminded people of the six worshippers killed by gunman Wade Michael Page before he shot himself to death.

Kaleka’s father – the temple’s president – died while trying to stop Page in his tracks. Kaleka said the tragedy spurred a “bigger calling” in the temple’s young members. He said, “I think they have a personal vendetta for peace.”

Sikhs from throughout North America and India attended Sunday’s anniversary service. Governor Scott Walker and Congresswoman Gwen Moore joined them.

Walker said he admired the Sikh community’s strength and concern for others – and those traits showed at a vigil soon after the shootings, where people showed love instead of hatred.

Over 1,100 people took part in a fundraising run for the Sikh Temple on Saturday.

Monday night, the anniversary observance ends with a meditation at 6 p.m. and a candlelight vigil at 8 p.m., both at the Oak Creek temple. 

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