WEST CHESTER, Ohio - Members of the Guru Nanak Society Sikh Temple gathered together for a candlelight vigil and prayer service to pray for the victims injured and killed during a shooting rampage at a Sikh temple outside of Milwaukee.
Ravneet Kaur, 20, and Jasleen Kaur, 19, spearheaded the idea to hold the service.
"As youth, I can understand after the attacks many of them become angry and don't know how to channel their energy, " Ravneet Kaur said. "As leaders of the youth committee, we thought it was important to bring everyone together."
"It hurts us deeply when this population in the United States is so small when everyone knows each other," Dr. Satinder Singh Bharaj, President of the Guru Nanak Society said.
Around 450 Sikh families live in the Cincinnati area. They come to worship every Sunday. People of the Sikh religion are known to be peaceful, accepting and hardworking, welcoming anyone into their temple to pray.
"We are a very forgiving people, but don't forget that's for sure, however, I don't think we have any place in our hearts to live in fear," said Jaipal Singh, member of the congregation.
"What we should be thinking of over here is how to educate people about who we are," said Harjinder Singh, member of the congregation. "Here, there is never enough education."
Members of the Guru Nanak Society Sikh Temple plan to help the people involved in Wisconsin's shooting in every way possible.
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