Oak Creek Gurdwara killings: National Sikh Campaign remembers the victims

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Washinmgton DC: USA Sikh body National Sikh Campaign (NSC), formed in response to Oak Creek Gurdwara killings, remembered the Sikh men and women who had lost lives.

August 5, 2012 is the day hate violence penetrated the walls of this community sanctuary and refuge, which was a second home to many Sikh children and families in Oak Creek. That Sunday morning, Wade Michael Page, a man with ties to white supremacist groups, entered the open doors of the gurdwara and began a shooting rampage. He killed six people — Parmajit Kaur, Sita Singh, Ranjit Singh, Suveg Singh, Prakash Singh, Satwant Singh Kaleka — and wounded several others including Baba Punjab Singh who still remains in a coma. Page terrorized children and adults who had gathered for school and prayer services that Sunday morning, forcing them to seek protection inside a food pantry in the kitchen and in the basement of the gurdwara. Page killed himself in the parking lot after an encounter with two law enforcement officers, Brian Murphy and Sam Lenda.

Six years ago a white supremacist went to a Sikh Gurdwara (temple) in Oak Creek, Wisconsin and murdered 6 people and wounded several others.

This attack was a shock to the Sikh community across the globe.

“We honor the victims of this attack who included Paramjit Kaur, Satwant Singh Kaleka, Prakash Singh, Sita Singh, Ranjit Singh and Suveg Singh.  We also thank officer, Brian Murphy, who heroically survived 15 gunshots trying to stop the shooter,” said the National Sikh Campaign in a remembrance note.

In memory of the victims, the NSC reiterated its commitment to the task of building a world rooted in equality and tolerance for all just as Guru Nanak envisioned.

“More than ever, we need to be vocal. We need to stand up for our principles. We need to share a positive message and defeat the fear that threatens our country,” said the NSC.

 

 

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