UPDATED: Oak Creek Sikhs Among Guests At White House Event

UPDATED: Wednesday, December 12, 2012 -- 5:25 a.m.

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Members of the Oak Creek Sikh temple were among the guests at a White House event honoring the founder of Sikhism.

The temple president and five relatives of the dead and injured visited Washington on Tuesday. First lady Mitchell Obama offered consoling words and hugged family members, just as she did in Oak Creek following the August massacre.

Rajwant Singh chairs the Sikh Council on Religion and Education. He also attended and thanked Obama for her support of the Sikh community.

A white supremacist killed six Sikh worshippers at the temple and injured four other people before taking his own life.

Among those killed was the former temple president. His son couldn't go to Washington because he's preparing to take his father's ashes to India next week.

Copyright 2012: Associated Press

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Posted: Thursday, October 4, 2012 --- 6:00p.m.

OAK CREEK, Wis. (AP) -- India's minister of external affairs is reassuring Wisconsin Sikhs that his entire country feels their pain after the mass shooting at a suburban Milwaukee temple two months ago.

S.M. Krishna; India's ambassador to the United States, Nirupama Rao; and Counsel General of India in Chicago Dutta Toma visited the temple in Oak Creek on Thursday. Krishna addressed about 150 Sikhs in the temple's hall, telling them they have the sympathy of a billion people.

Wade Michael Page opened fire at the temple on Aug. 5 shortly before Sunday services. He killed six worshippers and wounded four others, including an Oak Creek police officer, before killing himself in a shootout with another officer.

Page's motivations remain unclear. FBI spokesman Leonard Peace says an investigation remains active.

Copyright 2012. The Associated Press.


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