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Local Sikh Temple Honors Shooting Victims

6:29 PM, Aug 13, 2012   |    comments
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CLARENCE, NY - A Western New York Sikh temple held a memorial service Sunday morning to honor those killed in a mass shooting in Wisconsin.

The Clarence Gurdwara welcomed visitors from every ethnic background to attend the service where hymns were sung and a moment of silence was held.

"I have Sikh neighbors," said Howard Wiseman, who attended the service.  "I know they're a righteous people, and it's just horrific what happened, so my wife and I wanted to show our support."

Members of the Sikh community in Clarence say they have always felt welcomed by their neighbors.

"We were very pleased with the turnout and the response we got," said Surinder Arora, a founding member of the temple.  "But it's no different than what the community has done for us throughout the years.  They have really been very very supportive, we never felt a day of fear in this temple."

Seven people died last week when a gunman walked into the Milwaukee temple and started shooting.

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