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Oak Creek community gathers to promote healing


OAK CREEK (WKOW) -- The tragic shooting in Oak Creek has reverberated around the world and on Thursday night a national civil rights leader attended a community meeting.

The Reverend Jesse Jackson brought condolences and concerns about gun control. The Sikh community also had its own message from the ordeal.

Rev. Jackson toured the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin Thursday. He's now become one of many national figures turning their attention to this tragedy

"We must revise the ban on the assault weapons, on these automatic weapons that have the power to do so much hurt. It's domestic terrorism but the terrorists are empowered," Jackson said.

"There were times where I cringed because it became political rhetoric and that's difficult to hear when you're grieving loss," said Amardeep Kaleka, who's become a voice for the Sikh community of Oak Creek. His father Satwant Singh Kaleka, the temple president, was among the six people killed on Sunday.

"Right now our goal is mourning, community building and getting a cultural understanding back and forth so people don't have hate crimes," Kaleka said.

The Oak Creek tragedy has raised a lot of concerns and issues, but with grief still so raw, the Sikh community is focusing on healing.

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