St. Louis, MO -- (KSDK)
They found out from friends and family members that a temple they love and appreciate had been devastated.
Why? That's still a question that can't be answered, but local Sikhs say it doesn't matter why it happened or who it happened to. The Gurdwara Sikh Study Circle in St. Peters was rocked Sunday.
"We are concerned for everybody, for ourselves and the people in Milwaukee," says Committee President Satnam Singh.
Singh's congregation says they are a loving, peaceful people and the temple is supposed to be the most peaceful of all places. The news of the shooting personally affected the congregation in St. Peters. Several of the members have visited the Oak Creek, Wisconsin place of worship and they are even building a new temple that looks similar to the one in Oak Creek.
This summer the congregation will break ground on a 16,000 square foot temple which will nearly mimic the Wisconsin building.
In the past 25 years the congregation at the St. Peters temple has grown by 100%, going from 8 families in the 1980's to now more than 80 families.
Singh says they don't know why the shooting happened, if it was random or hate based.
"Only thing we can pray for the victims and for the families," says Singh.
The members that I talked to all said something like this has never happened in a Sikh temple.