Sikh temple shooting: two years later

By: Max Hess - Email
By: Max Hess - Email

Posted Tuesday, August 5, 2014 -- 10:00 p.m.

The Sikh temple in Middleton filled up quickly today, but it wasn't just for the prayers or the food and drink.

"We want to make sure that we remember these people...so we remember them still today," said Surinder Pangli, a temple member.

He is referencing those who died in the 2012 Oak Creek Sikh temple shooting.

"It is an unforgettable incident," he said, adding that it was a "pretty tragic day" for the entire Sikh community.

Tonight was an evening filled with prayers, remembrance and honor -- one that even U.S. Attorney John Vandreuil could not miss.

"I have found them to be unfailingly kind, unfailingly welcoming, and really good members of the community," he explained.

Vandreuil and the Department of Justice were one of many that gave the Sikh's support after that tragic August day.

"I made a promise to myself, that as the months went on and the years went on, I will try and build some relationships so the people in this community know were thinking about them and we're here for them," he added.

For Pangli and others, it was support they know to appreciate.

"Support was tremendous," he said, speaking of law enforcement, friends, family and the greater community.

Today, two years later, a community so hurt by the actions of a snapped killer, are coming together to move on -- but certainly never forget.


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