- Title: USA: Hundreds attend vigils in Washington and New York for Sikh shooting victims.
- Date: 9th August 2012
- Summary: EDIT CONTAINS 4:3 CONVERTED MATERIAL WASHINGTON, D.C., UNITED STATES (AUGUST 8, 2012) (REUTERS) MEMBERS AND SUPPORTERS OF THE SIKH COMMUNITY HOLDING VIGIL WITH CANDLES OUTSIDE WHITE HOUSE (SOUNDBITE) (English) PRIYA NARANG, VIGIL ATTENDEE, SAYING: "Basically, we are all gathering together to have a night of unity and remember the victims of the shooting in the Wisconsin temple and we are coming to educate everyone so nothing like this can happen again." MAN LIGHTING CANDLES (SOUNDBITE) (English) GURCHARAN SINGH, VIGIL ATTENDEE, SAYING: "So, we are also worried about what will happen in the future. Are we safe? We really need to see (unintelligible), any person with a beard, with a turban, is it safe in this country? If it is not safe, then this the government, federal, has to pass a law and to tell us who we are." MAN GIVING SPEECH WITH SUPPORTERS HOLDING SIGNS BEHIND HIM VARIOUS PEOPLE HOLDING CANDLES WITH HEADS LOWERED (SOUNDBITE) (English) NACHHATTAR SINGH GILL, VIGIL ATTENDEE, SAYING: "Everyday, U.S. citizens are being killed which is really not, it is not necessary and the can definitely be controlled if the Congress decides to do something about it." PULL OUT FROM CANDLES TO PEOPLE HOLDING CANDLES WITH WHITE HOUSE IN BACKGROUND NEW YORK, NEW YORK, UNITED STATES (AUGUST 8, 2012) (REUTERS) MEMBERS AND SUPPORTERS OF THE SIKH COMMUNITY HOLDING VIGIL WITH CANDLES AND SIGNS IN UNION SQUARE VARIOUS PEOPLE HOLDING SIGNS MAN GIVING SPEECH SURROUNDED WITH SUPPORTERS AND SIGNS PEOPLE STANDING VARIOUS PEOPLE STANDING WITH SIGN READING "WE ARE AMERICAN. WE ARE SIKH. WE ARE ONE." MAN HOLDING SIGN READING "I AM AN AMERICAN AND A SIKH" VARIOUS PEOPLE GATHERING PULL OUT ON PEOPLE HOLDING SIGNS READING "WE ARE ALL ONE," "PROUD TO BE A SIKH" AND "REMEMBERING THE OAK CREEK SIKHS" CLOSEUP PLASTIC CANDLE MAN HOLDING PLASTIC CANDLE
- Embargoed: 24th August 2012 13:00
- Location: Usa
- Country: USA
- Topics: Crime,Politics,Religion,Religion
- Reuters ID: LVABJOL6SY5MHCPOJ0B19CBCE6TU
- Story Text: Members and supporters of the Sikh community in Washington and New York hold vigils in memory of the victims of the shooting at the Sikh temple in Wisconsin.
In a show of unity, several hundred people gathered in Washington and New York on Wednesday evening (August 8) to remember the victims of the shooting at the Sikh temple in Wisconsin.
Members and supporters of the Sikh community said prayers and listened to speeches in Lafayette Park in front of the White House while holding candles and signs.
"We are all gathering together to have a night of unity and remember the victims of the shooting in the Wisconsin temple and we are coming to educate everyone so nothing like this can happen again," Priya Narang, a participant in Washington's vigil, said.
In New York's Union Square, supporters also gathered to show their solidarity. Many held signs with slogans that included: "We Are American. We Are Sikh. We Are One" and "Remembering the Oak Creek Sikhs."
Meanwhile, earlier on Wednesday, the FBI said the white supremacist gunman who killed six people at a Sikh temple in Wisconsin died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head.
A police officer shot and wounded the gunman, Wade Page, 40, in the stomach outside the temple in Oak Creek on Sunday (August 5), said Teresa Carlson, an FBI special agent in charge.
"Subsequent to that wound, it appears that Page died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head," she told a news conference.
Police had said Page had been shot to death by an officer responding to the attack at the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin in suburban Milwaukee.
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