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.
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