Local Sikhs hold candlelight vigil
StoryKing County‘s Sikh community will hold a candlelight vigil in Renton this weekend to remember the worshippers killed in Wisconsin on August 5. Six people were killed during a ceremony taking place inside their temple.
The 200,000 to 500,000 Sikhs in the U. S. live in close-knit communities. Metropolitan King County Councilmember Reagan Dunn, who met with Sikh officials earlier this week, called the attack an “unspeakable tragedy.”
“Sikhs in the Pacific Northwest and all throughout the United States should never feel fear when entering their place of worship,” said Dunn. “My thoughts and prayers go out to the families and loved ones of those that lost their lives this past weekend.”
“This tragedy came from a place of ignorance and hatred,” says Jasmit Singh, member of the Gurdwara Singh Sabha of Washington, based in Renton. “But we are hoping to create awareness and acceptance here in our State of Washington. We choose not to live in fear.”
What: Candlelight Vigil featuring prayer service, informational presentation on Sikhism, and an opportunity for others to show support. Following the event, a community meal, or langar, will be served.
When: Saturday, August 11, 2012, 7:30pm to 8:30pm
Where: Gurdwara Singh Sabha of Washington - 5200 Talbot Road South, Renton, WA 98055
For more information, call Jasmit Singh, 206-659-1474.