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Wisconsin Sikh followers to hold special observances to mark shooting

Members of the Sikh Temple wait for news following a mass shooting that left seven persons dead including the shooter in Oak Creek, Wisconsin August 5, 2012. REUTERS/Allen Fredrickson
Members of the Sikh Temple wait for news following a mass shooting that left seven persons dead including the shooter in Oak Creek, Wisconsin August 5, 2012. REUTERS/Allen Fredrickson

OAK CREEK, WI (WTAQ) - Members of Wisconsin’s Sikh religion will hold special observances and a fundraising run and walk to mark the first anniversary of the Oak Creek shooting massacre.

It was a year ago on August 5th when Wade Michael Page killed six worshippers and wounded four others, after opening fire at the Sikh Temple in the hours before a weekly service.

Page then killed himself in a shootout with police.

Temple leader Pardeep Kaleka says the anniversary will be preceded by a ceremony in which priests will read the entire Sikh holy book aloud, cover to cover. Other ceremonies will purify the temple.

Oak Creek Mayor Stephen Scaffidi says the city and temple will work together on a 6K run and walk in honor of the victims.

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