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2012 Sikh temple attack: US leaders press for peace, asks community to rise above hate

Remembering Sikh temple attack of 2012 in the US (Image courtesy: IANS)

Remembering the victims of a mass shooting at a Sikh temple in the state of Wisconsin in 2012, top US leaders urged the community to rise above hatred, bigotry and work to end gun violence in the country.

On August 5, 2012, the Sikh community of Oak Creek came under attack when army veteran Wade Page stormed a Gurdwara in Wisconsin and gunned down six worshippers, before shooting himself dead.

A seventh person, who was severely paralysed, died from his injuries in 2020.

Indian-American Congressman Ro Khanna and Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers took to Twitter on Saturday to pay respects to the Sikh community “that changed forever by an act of senseless shooting”.

“As we remember those who were tragically killed, let us condemn hate in any form and continue working to end the gun violence epidemic in this country,” Khanna wrote in his tweet.

“Today, on the anniversary of the shooting at the Sikh Temple in Oak Creek, Kathy and I are thinking about the victims, their families, and a community forever changed by an act of senseless gun violence. We must keep working to ensure hate and violence never have a home here,” Governor Evers said.

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