Community remembers victims of Sikh temple shooting one year later

Nearly one year ago, a gunman with ties to white supremacist groups walked into a Milwaukee-area Sikh temple and opened fire — killing six people and wounding five others.

The gunman took his own life after being wounded in a shootout with police.

Sunday, hundreds packed the temple to remember those who lost their lives.

They also shared memories of the horrific day. Much of the talk centered on how the community came together in the worst of times.


Speakers included the temple president, Gov. Scott Walker, Congresswoman Gwen Moore and former Oak Creek Police Lt. Brian Murphy.

They also reflected on how much has changed at the temple in one year.

“As horrific as that day’s occurrences were, and as painful as it is to lose those Sikh loved ones, not only for their family, but their extended family here at the temple and throughout the community, the brightest moment out of all this is that yet again, you’ve showed this community, this state, this country and the world that love can triumph,” said Gov. Scott Walker.

The federal government is also commemorating the anniversary of the shooting.

Attorney General Eric Holder announced a federal grant of about $500,000 for mental health and trauma services for survivors, family members and anyone affected by last year’s shooting.