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Sikh Temple shootings marked by memorial events

Monday marks one-year anniversary of deadly shooting

MILWAUKEE, Wis. - Officials at the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin said they're healing from last year's shooting rampage with the help of family, friends, and the community.

Monday marks the one year anniversary of the Oak Creek shooting, which claimed the lives of six people.

On Saturday, about a thousand people got outdoors for a memorial run-walk that started at Oak Creek High School.

Robbie Parker, a father who lost his daughter in the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings, spoke to the crowd.

"These things shouldn't define people," said Parker. "You have to overcome it. When you're around these people and you realize what they're trying to do today, you realize there's more good coming out of it than bad."

"At the end of the day, the only reason I talk about her and the event is so that people don't forget," said Kamaljit Saini, whose mother was killed at the Sikh Temple. "So people don't forget who she was. So people don't forget who the rest of the people were."

On Sunday, there will be special services all day at the Oak Creek Sikh Temple, with a candlelight vigil scheduled for Monday at 8 p.m.

In the Madison area, the Sikh Society of Wisconsin will hold a 30-minute memorial service Sunday at 1:00 p.m at its 6970 Century Avenue location in Middleton.

That will be followed by a walk to St. Dunstan's Episcopal Church at 6205 University Avenue.

Everyone is invited to the event.

On Friday, several officials spoke at a special remembrance at the federal courthouse in Milwaukee.

Dr. Kulwant Dhaliwal said he hoped the forum will raise awareness of Sikh values and honor the lives of those who died. He said the best tribute is for all to live in the Sikh spirit of "Chardi Kala," or eternal optimism.

Dr. Harcharan Gill said the victims were heroes. He introduced all of the victims' relatives, who lit candles in their loved ones' memories.

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