MILWAUKEE -- There was an overflow crowd Thursday afternoon, August 9th at a vigil held on the UW-Milwaukee campus to remember the six killed during the Sikh Temple shooting Sunday morning in Oak Creek.
Some members of Oak Creek's Sikh Temple are students or faculty at UWM -- one reason students chose to host Thursday's remembrance. It drew people from outside the university community as well.
There were no harsh words -- not even against the shooter, 40-year-old Wade Michael Page, but there was disassociation with him.
Many of the speakers looked directly at Dr. Swarnjit Arora as they spoke. Dr. Arora is a UWM economics professor and a member of Oak Creek's Sikh Temple.
"I have never in my whole life thought that this would happen, and then the support -- people have been leaving flowers outside, baskets full of fruit outside, chocolate, cookies, every kind of cookies," Dr. Arora said.
Dr. Arora said the outpouring of community love and support is comforting, but he admitted Friday's funeral services will be very difficult.
The deceased include:
1. Sita Singh- 41-year-old male
2. Ranjit Singh- 49-year-old male
3. Satwant Singh Kaleka- 62-year-old male
4. Prakash Singh- 39-year-old male
5. Paramjit Kaur- 41-year-old female
6. Suveg Singh Khattra- 84-year-old male
Services are scheduled from 9:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. Friday at the Oak Creek High School gymnasium. In lieu of flowers for Friday's funeral services, Sikh community members are asked that donations be made to victims' families.
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