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Fort Wayne Sikh community members hold candlelight vigil

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FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WPTA21) -- Members from the Sikh community in Fort Wayne gathered at the Allen County Courthouse Saturday night for a candlelight vigil. 

This was to support and bring comfort for those grieving who lost their lives in the deadly mass shooting in Indianapolis last Thursday. 

The president of the Sikh Temple in Fort Wayne Kulwinder Singh says they organized the event. 

One of their priests from the Sikh Temple said a couple prayers and those in the community gave a few speeches. 

Four of the eight people killed at the FedEx Facility were members of the Sikh community.  

Singh told ABC21 he's still heartbroken after what transpired. He says he hopes this candlelight vigil will help bring a sense of comfort for those in the community. 

"I just try to convey the message, to be together,” Singh said. “Like it can happen anywhere to anybody we are together. We share our thoughts with everybody we hear our prayers with other people." 

"It is emotionally, physically and mentally draining when we have to prove ourselves to be a part of this society.” Member of Sikh Temple Simranpaul Singh said. 

“As a community, as a Sikh community we are here.” Indiana Sikh Outreach Mission Jesse Singh said. “We try to speak up for those who cannot speak now and we are remembering them.” 

Police say they do not believe the shooting was a hate crime but that doesn't diminish the pain the community is feeling.  

Sikhism is the fifth largest religion in the world with a following of over 20 million people. 

Vince Lovergine

Vince Lovergine joined the WPTA team August 2020 as a multimedia journalist.

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