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UPDATE: Hundreds show up for vigil service at Sikh temple


BROOKFIELD (WKOW) -- It's a time for healing in the Milwaukee area, as hundreds of people pack a Sikh temple in Brookfield with one cause in mind -- to honor the victims of a deadly shooting in Oak Creek.

A special ceremony brought the Sikhs together with the greater community, to pray for victims of Sunday's shooting, but also to share their culture and beliefs.

"To expose ourselves as much as we can, just let people know who we are, what are the beliefs of the religion," says Gurcharan Singh Grewal, president of the Sikh Society of Wisconsin, the Brookfield temple.

Sikhs say they're often misunderstood. They say Sikh beliefs are just like everyone else's.

"The mission is to work hard honestly, pray and share your earnings with the needy people, that's the basic philosophy of Sikhism," says Harbinder Singh Ahuja, from Franklin.

Those who were at the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin on Sunday say the entire Sikh community is in mourning. Ahuja showed up to help after he found out about the shooting. He helped the Red Cross communicate with Sikhs on scene who didn't speak English well.

"They [victims] were crying and weeping, and its so stressful and they don't know what to do, it was very painful, hard to understand," says Ahuja.

Surinder Jit Singh Brar was supposed to be in the temple on Sunday with his family. Brar, his daughter, son-in-law and grandkids were meeting up with his daughter's father-in-law, who was inside. They arrived just a few minutes too late to see their relative one last time. Brar says the death is a big loss for the family.

"It is the most sad news for the wife, because she has to spend all the days for the rest of her life alone," says Brar.

But, with a crowd of support Monday night -- including Governor Scott Walker -- the Sikhs say they're getting by.

'I think we are holding together, which is the most important thing and we're praying and supporting each other as much as we can," says Grewal.

They say time will heal their wounds.

Another vigil is scheduled for Tuesday at 8:30 p.m. at the Oak Creek Community Center, located at 8580 S. Howell Avenue in Oak Creek.

A wake and visitation for victims will be held on Friday morning from 9 to 11 a.m. at the Oak Creek High School gym.

In lieu of flowers, the community is asking for donations for the victims' families. If you would like to contribute to the memorial fund, click here or send checks payable to:

Sikh Temple of Wisconsin
Tri City National Bank
3378 S. 27th St. Milwaukee, WI 53215

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