Sikh religious society hosts candle light vigil to honor Newtown Connecticut Elementary School shooting victims

Palatine, IL: Sikh Religious Society (SRS) of Palatine Illinois held a Neighborhood Community Interfaith Candle Light Vigil and prayers on December 19, to honor the 20 first grade children and 6 adults killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown Connecticut on December 14 2012.

The vigil was arranged to share the grief and in conjunction with funerals of the child victims that had begun to take place in Newtown CT that week. The terrible tragedy took place when a 20 year old Adam Lanza forced his way into the elementary school with his assault weapons and started shooting to kill children and teachers. Heroic teachers like Victoria Soto, 27, gave her life to save the lives of her class whom she hid in the closets and bath room. The school principal and psychologist jumped on the gunman to stop him and sacrificed their own lives.

More than a hundred community members and neighbors assembled in the Palatine Gurdwara compound, chanted prayers, and lit candles in memory of the deceased. A special prayer “Ardaas” was supplicated by Bhai Gurjant Singh to pray for the departed souls and their families, and to seek peace, harmony, and love in this world which is burning with anger and hate.

The SRS president Mrs. Sukhdev Kaur Ghuman addressed the assembly and urged everyone to keep those killed and their families in our thoughts and prayers. We know how much it hurts, we have just been through it at Oak Creek Wisconsin Sikh Gurdwara shootings, she said.

The vigil at the Palatine Gurdwara was organized by Sadh Sangat, SRS president Sukhdev Kaur Ghuman, Exec. secretary Gurdip Singh Sangha, SRS Staff members, Dr. Balwant Singh Hansra, and Rajinder Singh Mago.

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