Vigil held in Milford for shooting at Wis. Sikh temple
MILFORD (WHDH) -- This weekend's shooting in Wisconsin hit close to home to a Sikh group in Milford; one of their members is a relative of one of the victims.
They came to sing away some of their pain and grief Monday evening.
“It’s not something that should have happened in a country like this. We are here because we feel that it’s safe, but something like this doesn’t feel good,” said Dilshad Kaur, a congregation member.
They came to honor lives lost in a senseless tragedy; a multi-faith gathering showing their opposition to hate.
“I’m a Muslim, and this could have happened to me and my community, so I’m here because we are peace loving and so are they,” said Daisy Siddiqui.
In fact, some of the Muslims who attended interrupted their Ramadan holiday and prayed on the front lawn of the Sikh temple.
One woman who attends services at the temple, but didn't want to attend the very public event, lost a loved one who apparently died trying to save members of his flock.
“Her uncle was the president and he went to try to tackle the gunman, so he was literally in the line of fire,” said Kavi Singh, congregation member.
“It was obviously shocking and tremendously disconcerting, and I have to say that it brought back echoes of 9/11 instantly,” said Sarbpreet Singh, Gurdwara Sahib spokesperson.
The crime in Wisconsin brought shock waves to the community of peaceful Sikh's in central Massachusetts. Though police were present at the temple Monday, they say they're not afraid.
“We’re not nervous at all, there’s no reason to be. This was a one off incident. And our tendency as a community when something like this happens, is not to run from our Gurdwaras, but to flock to our Gurdwaras -- to get together and pray,” said Sarbpreet Singh.