OAK CREEK, Wis. (AP) — Hundreds of people streamed into a Wisconsin high school Friday to pay their final respects to six worshippers gunned down by a white supremacist at a Sikh temple in suburban Milwaukee.
Somber, tearful mourners, most wearing scarves on their heads in the Sikh tradition, greeted victims’ family members with hugs at the Oak Creek High School gymnasium. Six open caskets were arranged inside the gymnasium, with flowers adorning the bodies. A large video screen flashed photos of those killed and injured.
Mourners took their seats as Sikh singers sang hymns in Punjabi, an Indian dialect. One of the singers paused to translate some lyrics into English.
‘‘Dear God, you have given me this body and this soul. This body is doing whatever you want me to do. You take this soul, this is your soul,’’ he said.
Gov. Scott Walker addressed the crowd, telling mourners the Sikh community has shown others that the best way to respond to hate is with love.
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