Locals Hold Vigil for Sikh Temple Shooting Victims

Hundreds of locals gathered at Sikh Foundation San Diego in Poway Wednesday night

By Monica Garske and Tony Shin
|  Thursday, Aug 9, 2012  |  Updated 10:17 PM PDT
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Members of the public and the Sikh community read the names of the six people killed and others injured last Sunday at a Milwaulkee Sikh temple.

Members of the public and the Sikh community read the names of the six people killed and others injured last Sunday at a Milwaulkee Sikh temple.

Locals of all faiths gathered at a candlelight vigil in Poway Wednesday to pay tribute to the victims killed in the shooting rampage at the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin in Oak Creek, Wis.

Hundreds participated in the special evening service at the Sikh Foundation San Diego's Gurudwara temple, praying for the lives lost in Sunday’s deadly shooting spree.

Alleged gunman Wade Michael Page, a 40-year-old Army veteran with alleged neo-Nazi ties, is suspected of killing six people and injuring several others in the Wisconsin temple rampage. Wade died at the scene of a self-inflicted wound, the FBI confirmed on Wednesday.

At the local Gurudwara temple in Poway crowds united in support of the Sikh community, including people who knew some of the victims involved in the temple shooting.

One by one, children at the service read the names of the victims. Others tried to make sense of how something like this could happen in a place of worship.

“To go to the house of God where you get your sins washed and for protections, to have that happen there is just mindboggling,” said one vigil attendee.

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