Wade Michael Page has been identified as a suspect in Sunday’s shootings at Sikh Temple of Wisconsin in Oak Creek, Wisconsin, a suburb of Milwaukee. The 40-year-old Army veteran arrived into the temple briefly preceding Sunday services on August 5 and opened fire with a 9mm pistol, killing six worshippers and wounding four.
The dead include: Suveg Singh Khattra, 84; Prakash Singh, 39; Ranjit Singh, 49; Paramjit Kaur, 41; Sita Singh, 41; and temple president Satwant Singh Kaleka, 65. The temple President was shot as he tried to strike back at Page with a butter knife. Page was shot dead by a police officer.
Many Sikh families are devastated and want answers about why these people had to lose their lives. Detectives have defined no clear motive thus far, but they continue to investigate as they learn more information about Page as a person. It is apparent that he had few relatives, a spotty work history, and a small criminal record. Page has been described as a “frustrated neo-Nazi” who participated in the white-power music scene, playing in right-wing extreme bands called Definite Hate and End Apathy.
It is said that Page was living with his girlfriend, until he moved into a new duplex in mid-July after they broke up this past spring. At this same time it was noted that he quit showing up for work and also legally purchased the 9mm gun he used in the shooting after clearing multiple background checks.
In honor of the victims and their families and friends, the city of Houston will hold a Community Candlelight Vigil. Mayor Annise D. Parker invites the city to join her and gather on Thursday, Aug 9, at 6:45PM in remembrance of these victims. The Vigil will be held on the steps of City Hall by the Reflection Pool, at 900 Smith. Vigil candles will be provided, and it is advised that you dress comfortably.
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