Local Sikh Temple Holds Vigil for Wisconsin Shooting Victims

August 7, 2012 Updated Aug 7, 2012 at 10:48 AM EDT

By Kyla Igoe

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August 7, 2012 Updated Aug 7, 2012 at 10:48 AM EDT


WILLIAMSVILLE, NY (WKBW)- A day after a gunman killed six people at a Sikh Temple in Wisconsin, authorities have identified their suspect but not a motive. The F.B.I. says Wade Michael Page killed six people and injured several others, including a cop, before he was shot and killed by police at the Sikh Temple in Oak Creek, Wisconsin. Page was a veteran of the U.S. Army. Agents are now investigating the shooting as an act of domestic terrorism.

In Western New York, the local Sikh Community felt it was important to come together in time of tragedy to pray for the victims and their families and held a vigil at the Gurdwara Sahib Sikh House of Worship on Main Street in Williamsville Monday evening.

"The shooting was a shock because it happened to so many innocent people. People going to service, just normal people. We don't even think of these things while we pray in the temple," said Mohan Singh Devgun, president of the local temple.

Locally, close to 100 families worship at the Main Street Sikh Temple. Monday, people of all faiths gathered together in prayer to help promote diversity and acceptance of all. Now the Sikh Cultural and Educational Society of WNY hopes to educate others about their religion.