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Posted: Monday, August 6, 2012 10:17 am | Updated: 8:36 am, Tue Aug 7, 2012.

The Sikh temple in south Lodi will host a candlelight vigil tonight to express solidarity with families affected by Sunday’s mass shooting on Sunday that killed six people at a Sikh temple outside Milwaukee, Wis.

“We express our gratitude to the law enforcement authorities (in Wisconsin) for their quick response,” said Balwinder Singh, a former board member at Deshmesh Darbar Temple in Lodi.

“However ... the Wisconsin shooting reminds us that there is a little more we can do to be understood better, as a young, tolerant and a peace-loving religion,” Singh said.

A 40-year-old gunman killed six people with a 9mm handgun at a temple in Wisconsin before being shot to death by police. Authorities said that the man, Wade Michael Page, was an Army veteran and former leader of a white supremacist heavy metal band, according to The Associated Press.

The candlelight vigil will begin at 8 p.m. today at the Lodi temple 12098 N. West Lane at Armstrong Road. People from other faiths are welcome to participate, Singh said.

Contact reporter Ross Farrow at rossf@lodinews.com.

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  • Darrell Baumbach posted at 7:38 pm on Mon, Aug 6, 2012.

    Darrell Baumbach Posts: 9403

    I am sincerely saddened by this event and I agree with Mr Singh... the Wisconsin shooting reminds us that there is a little more we can do to be understood better, as a young, tolerant and a peace-loving religion..

    This killing is so heartbreaking as is others around the world.

  • Darrell Baumbach posted at 7:33 pm on Mon, Aug 6, 2012.

    Darrell Baumbach Posts: 9403

    ms bobin... protocol in this situation is absurd and an insult. People of all faiths should unite and support each other when events such as this happens. There is a time and place for protocol...but this is not one of them. Im sure your thought is heart felt, but it is inappropriate.

    I would appreciate your thought in most situations.

  • Joanne Bobin posted at 1:34 pm on Mon, Aug 6, 2012.

    Joanne Bobin Posts: 4306

    Perhaps it might be useful to mention any protocols or appropriate dress so that those of others faiths are aware and respectful of Sikh religious traditions.



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