Ceremony for Victims in Oak Creek Shooting
Public Memorial in Oak Creek to honor the victims of the Sikh shootings. Image by NBC26 News
OAK CREEK, Wis. (AP) -- Members of the Sikh temple in Oak Creek have cleaned their place of worship after a weekend shooting rampage left six dead. But, they've left one bullet hole in the door jamb that leads to the main prayer hall as a memorial to the victims.
The temple smelled of fresh paint Friday morning where about two dozen people milled about. Blood-stained carpets in a hallway and four small rooms have been replaced.
The worshipers include some Sikh members from Canada who drove 12 hours to attend a memorial service at the local high school. Thousands of mourners are expected to gather at the wake and visitation for the six people killed Sunday at the Oak Creek temple by a white supremacist.
Gov. Scott Walker said the Sikh community has shown everyone that the best way to respond to hate is with love.
Walker addressed hundreds of mourners gathered at a memorial service for the Sikh temple shooting victims at Oak Creek High School Friday. The governor told Sikhs that "we mourn with you, we pray with you, we support you."
Somber mourners, wearing scarves on their heads in the Sikh tradition, earlier greeted the families of the six victims with hugs. Six open caskets stand inside the gym with individual flowers on the bodies and a bouquet on the floor. A large video screen flashes photos of those killed and injured.
Beside the six killed Sunday at the Oak Creek Sikh temple, four others were injured, including one man who remains in critical condition.