Democracy Now: Vigils Honor Sikh Temple Shooting Victims
Hundreds of people gathered in New York City and Washington, D.C., on Wednesday night to hold vigils honoring the victims of the Sikh temple shooting in Wisconsin. Six people were killed when white supremacist Wade Michael Page opened fire at the Oak Creek Sikh Temple on Sunday morning. Members of the Sikh community led prayers in front of the White House and in New York’s Union Square.
Supreet Kaur: “Really the message we want to convey today is one of solidarity, one that says we as a country will not be divided. We as Americans, we’ll continue to stand together to persevere and move forward and really use this moment of tragedy to take action to make our country a better place for all religious faiths.”
Sona Raj: “Obviously things are very divided, I definitely know that our Congress is not showing the leadership that we need, I definitely know that our presidential candidates are not showing us the leadership that we need. I’ve been pretty disheartened by their response, and I think if we are to overcome fear, our leaders need, need to participate in this dialogue in a much more constructive way.”
Wisconsin police confirmed on Wednesday that Page died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound during a firefight with police after his killing spree inside the temple.