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Austin Sikh Community Hold Vigil For Wisconsin Victims

Updated: Tuesday, August 7 2012, 10:25 PM CDT

Members of Austin’s Sikh community held a candlelight vigil Tuesday night to commemorate the victims of Sunday’s shooting in Wisconsin.

Seven people were killed at a Sikh temple near Milwaukee, including the suspected gunman Wade Page. He was killed by officers arriving at the scene after he fired his weapon at them.

The vigil, organized by the Sikh Student Association of the University of Texas and the Sikh community of Austin, took place at the State Capitol grounds.

About a hundred people joined hands at the vigil to honor the memories of the victims.

Sikhism is a 500-year old monotheist faith with its origins in Punjab, India and is different from Islam and Hinduism.  Observant Sikhs do not cut their hair and Sikh men wear a turban.

Austin is home to about 300 Sikhs. Austin Sikh Community Hold Vigil For Wisconsin Victims


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