Wisconsin Sikh tragedy forms mission to combat hatred

FILE - In this July 31, 2013 file photo, Pardeep Kaleka, left, and Arno Michaelis talk at the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin in Oak Creek, Wis. Five years ago on Aug. 5, 2017, a white supremacist shot and killed six temple members, including Kaleka's father, Satwant Singh Kaleka. Michaelis founded a gang of skinheads and sang in a hate-metal band but had renounced the racist movement he was a part of before the shootings. In the years since the shootings those affected by the tragedy have remained united by a mission to push back against hatred. (AP Photo/Morry Gash, File)

 

MILWAUKEE (AP) — An attack at a Milwaukee-area Sikh temple carried out by a white supremacist five years ago has united those impacted by the tragedy with a mission to combat hatred.

They include a former skinhead and the son of a man killed in the massacre holding school assemblies together to preach a message of peace. A former police officer who was shot 15 times when he confronted the gunman. And a man who lobbied the federal government to start tracking hate crimes against Sikhs so victims like his mother could be recognized.

They will all be participating in an annual 6K Saturday on the fifth anniversary of the shootings at the Oak Creek temple to remember the six worshippers killed.

 

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