Following the mass shooting at a Sikh temple in Wisconsin last Sunday, the six victims were laid to rest on Friday. According to the New York Times, the ceremony drew a number of locals and visitors who wished to pay their respects and lend solidarity to the remaining family members of the fallen during this difficult time.
“These bullets have hit their hearts,” said Rajwant Singh, chairman of Sikh Council on Religion and Education, who traveled from Washington. “It has become a big family gathering. It is really a shaking moment hitting the core of the community.”
During the visitation, families of the victims stood next to the bodies of their loved ones. Wooden coffins, draped with white cloth, were lined up under the basketball nets. Behind each coffin was a portrait of the victim and flowers.
A line of visitors stretched out the door and into the parking lot.
Though the gym was packed, with bleachers overflowing, the room was completely still as the victims’ names were read over a loudspeaker: Sita Singh, 41; Ranjit Singh, 49; Prakash Singh, 39; Paramjit Kaur, 41; Suveg Singh, 84; and the temple’s president, Satwant Singh Kaleka, 65.
Read more at the New York Times.