Sikh Candlelight Vigil

Naperville resident Kiran Gill joined more than 100 others in prayer at the Sikh Community Center in Wheaton.

She was emotional as she prayed for the six victims killed and three others harmed in Sunday morning’s attack on a Sikh temple in Wisconsin.

“It’s so hard to hear news that innocent people are dying because someone has hatred in their mind and is ignorant and my first thought was ‘oh no, what’s the world coming to,’” said gill.

As the Sikh community tried to heal, a candlelight vigil brought together people of different faiths.

“I myself grew up here in American, born and raised because I believed in this country and what has happened is not an happening with a Sikh, a Hindu, a Muslim, a Christrian or a Jew but to Americans,” said Ravi Singh, Spokesperson for the Sikh Community Center.

“I am here tonight as a grandfather and a father who is touched by what can only be described as a senseless and cowardly act which, yes, in the year 2012 because of racism sadly still exists,” said Reverend Paul Bischoff of the Evangelical Covenant Church.

“The breaking of hearts of families whose loved ones were taken from us in a few terrifying moments calls us together,“ said Reverend Linda Tossey of the Community Baptist Church.

And as they sing “Waheguru,” which means “Wonderous Lord,” the Sikhs manage to find strength and solace amidst a terrible tragedy.


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