Wisconsin shooting: Southland Sikh community holds prayer service honoring victims

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Nine-year-old Priya Singh, center, sings chants with others at the Khalsa Care Foundation on Monday, August 6.

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A woman prepares food for her son at the Khalsa Care Foundation.

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A woman is preparing fried food for dinner at the Khalsa Care Foundation on Monday, August 6.

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Simran Kaur Khalsa of West Hollywood greets friends as she approaches the gurdwara at the Khalsa Care Foundation on Monday, August 6.

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A Sikh man enters the gurdwara at the Khalsa Care Foundation on Monday, August 6.

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Los Angeles City Controller Wendy Greuel speaks at a press conference flanked by interfaith leaders at the Khalsa Care Foundation on Monday, August 6.

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Cong. Brad Sherman (D-Calif.) spoke at press conferece organized by the Khalsa Care Foundation on Monday, August 6.

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A woman kneads dough for baked naan in the kitchen of the Khalsa Care Foundation on Monday, August 6.

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Amarpreet Singh-Malik leads his son toward the gurdwara in Pacoima where more than one hundred Sikh worshippers gathered Monday to pay respects to six people murdered in Wisconsin.

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Jagjit Singh of Orange County (left) traveled to the Khalsa Care Foundation to be with other worshipers at the ceremony honoring the dead in a shooting this weekend in Wisconsin.

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Amarpreet Singh-Malik removes the shoes from his three-year-old son Gurdaas outside the prayer room at the Khalsa Care Foundation on Monday, August 6.

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A woman bows after offering a donation in front of the Sikh holy book during prayers at the Khalsa Care Foundation.

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A teen boy sits on at the Guru Granth Sahib, the holy book of the Sikhs, as the attendees chant at the Khalsa Care Foundation in Pacoima.

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Sarabjit Singh, a leader at the gurdwara in Pacoima leads children in chants at the Khalsa Care Foundation on Monday, August 6.

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Women line the back of the Darbar Sahib, the Sikh holy room, at the Khalsa Care Foundation on Monday, August 6.


The smell of baking naan and boiling curries wafted through the air last night at the Khalsa Care Foundation in Pacoima. More than 100 members of the Sikh community met to recite chants for protection from violence and honor those lost over the weekend in a shooting that left seven dead and wounded three others in a suburb of Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Representatives from a half dozen religious faiths and politicians gathered at the center saying they wanted to help educate Southern California about Sikhs and their beliefs.

The center lies outside the boundaries of Congressman Brad Sherman’s district but would fall inside the redrawn borders of a new district he hopes to represent come November. He visited the center to say that, this week, all Americans wear a turban.

Simran Kaur Khalsa said that Monday's service was a part of a regular ritual that takes on added weight this week.

"Every sixth of the month, we have a prayer service where we pray that no religious organization, church, mosque, temple would ever be attacked. So it happened today, too, so we had our regular service except of course the focus was on what happened in Wisconsin."

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