People of all faiths lit candles and prayed Tuesday night in Oak Creek, Wisconsin, for those killed and wounded at Sunday's mass shooting at a Sikh temple.
The prayer and remembrance vigil, which appeared to draw a large crowd, was held outdoors in the Milwaukee suburb.
The step toward healing came as family and friends recalled the six killed by a gunman.
The older son of one victim, Paramjit Kaur, 41, said his mother was shot just after completing prayers.
When Kaur was in the temple praying, "My aunt told her that there was a shooting going on outside, we need to get up and leave," said 20-year-old son Kamal Saini. "Rather than just getting up and leaving, she wanted to just bow down and pray for the last time and then get up and leave. She was just getting up. She was shot in the back."
Kaur and her family immigrated to the United States eight years ago. Last month, her family made its first visit to India since then.
"She was a good woman. She was a great mom," said a younger son, Harpreet Saini, 18. Every week, Kaur came to the temple to pray and prepare food for the shared meal.
"She lived for us. She worked for us. Anything she did, it was for us," said Kamal Saini. "If there wasn't enough to eat it was always us before she ate."
Her dream was for her sons to be educated. "She told us education is everything here," said Kamal.
Both young men plan to pursue careers in law enforcement.
More vigils and services were expected over the next several days; the Sikh American community called for a national moment of silence on Sunday.
A posting on the Sikh American Legal Defense and Education Fund's website asked for the observance at churches, mosques, synagogues and other places of worship. It said the community hopes such a gesture "will send the message of blessings for all, and that we stand united against hate and intolerance and as part of a common humanity."
The vicitims were identified by police as Kaur and five men -- temple president Satwant Singh Kaleka, 65; Sita Singh, 41; Ranjit Singh, 49; Prakash Singh, 39, and Suveg Singh, 84.
A wake and visitation are scheduled for Friday morning at a nearby high school gymnasium, according to an online posting by the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin.
Ranjit Singh had been working at the temple for 16 years and sent money back to his wife and three children in India.
His younger brother, Sita, had moved from New York City to Wisconsin six months ago, with hopes of finding a better life for his family.
Several years ago, Kaleka put a large American flag in the front of his yard, raising the eyebrows of his children, who thought it might be considered an eyesore.
Kaleka pointed out there were no homes nearby with flags, and he wanted to show that the United States was a land of opportunity, said his son, Amardeep Kaleka.
"He lived the American dream," Amardeep Kaleka told CNN. His father brought his family to the United States with little money but a strong work ethic in the early 1980s. The flag also was a form of protection for the family, Satwant Kaleka told them.
It stood at half-staff Monday evening as the family grieved.
Amardeep Kaleka said people called to tell him that his father saved many lives Sunday.
The son said he was not surprised his father tried to stop the gunman at the temple.
"It's an amazing act of heroism, but it's also exactly who he was," Amardeep Kaleka told CNN Milwaukee affiliate WTMJ. "There was no way in God's green Earth that he would allow somebody to come in and do that without trying his best to stop it."
Amardeep Kaleka said the FBI told him his father attacked the shooter in the lobby, resulting in a "blood struggle." A knife close to the victim's body showed blood on it, he said.
Another victim, Suveg Singh, spent every day at the temple, said his granddaughter, Sandeep Kaur.