St. Louis Sikhs remember Wisconsin shooting victims

10:04 PM, Aug 8, 2012   |    comments
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By Elizabeth Matthews

St. Louis, MO (KSDK) - We've learned the man accused of murdering six people at a Sikh temple just outside of Milwaukee killed himself after being wounded by police.

Police originally thought Wade Michael Page died in a gun battle with an officer on Sunday.

The St. Peters Gurdwara, which is another term for temple, hosted a candlelight ceremony Wednesday night. There a couple hundred people gathered to pray and to help teach the public about Sikhism.

There was a prayer service on the inside and a ceremonial lighting of candles outside.  This ceremony was the idea of the temple's younger Sikh generation.

"We are all the same, it doesn't matter if we look different, what color our skin is, if we have beards or if we have turbans at the end of the day we are all human beings," said Inderjit Bhangu, a member of the Temple.

The 24-year-old said the goal of the ceremony is education and remembrance; taking a moment to remember those who lost their lives in Wisconsin and educating people about their religion.

"We've grown up here, so we feel like we are all the same.  We don't see any difference," he said.

The faces in the crowd were mostly members of the congregation, but guests and city leaders were also on hand.

"They know there's somebody behind them, that's going to help them out," said St. Peters board president Rocky Reitmeyer. "We are totally behind them and every church in St. Peters, we are behind them also."

Most of the members at the temple found out about the Sunday shooting while they were in their own Sunday service. They say all are welcome here and their doors are open 24-7.



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