Families mark 1-year anniversary of Sikh temple shooting in Wisconsin


Family members and other loved ones are marking the one-year anniversary of a shooting at a Sikh temple outside Milwaukee that left six dead and three seriously wounded.

Some of them will gather with a national gun control group for a day of remembrance Monday, the Chicago Tribune reports.

The shootings took place at the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin in Oak Creek. The gunman, Wade Michael Page, 40, was a U.S. Army veteran with links to racist groups. Page was shot by an officer and died after he shot himself in the head.

Hundreds of people, including Sikhs from across North America and India and Gov. Scott Walker, went to the temple Sunday to honor the victims, and there was a mood of positive remembrance and optimism, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported. "I feel a lot of resilience," one attendee said, the newspaper reported. "You feel a lot of love around here."

A candlelight vigil is planned at the temple at 8 p.m. Monday.

Oak Creek Mayor Stephen Scaffidi has said he wants his town to be known for its resilience, not as the site of a shooting rampage. One year later, Sikhs, federal officials and others say they're trying to build stronger relationships and reduce violence, NPR reports.

U.S. Attorney James Santelle announced last week that the Department of Justice is giving more than $500,000 to the Oak Creek community to be used for trauma services for those still coping with the tragedy, FOX 6 in Milwaukee reported.

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