Sikhs to hold candlelight vigil in honor of massacre victims

mnorth@mercedsunstar.comDecember 27, 2012 

— Livingston's two Sikh temples are organizing a candlelight vigil at 6 p.m. today for the victims of a recent shooting in Newtown, Conn., that left 20 children and seven adults dead.

Those attending will start gathering around 5:30 p.m. outside Livingston City Hall at 1416 C St., said Mayor Pro Tem Gurpal Samra.

A few speakers are expected during the event, he said.

There was a candlelight vigil in Livingston after a shooting in August at a Sikh temple in Wisconsin where a man killed six people and wounded four others.

Samra said area Sikhs were touched by that show of support and want to come together again.

Tragedies such as what happened in Newtown transcend state boundaries, he said.

"One of the reasons we want to hold it is, first of all, we're all part of the same community," Samra said. "We're all Americans. We're all the same people."

Today's event is expected to last for an hour to an hour and a half, Samra said.

Temperatures are expected to be cold, but rain isn't expected until after the vigil is over.

James Brotherton, a meteorologist for the National Weather Service in Hanford, said today's high temperature is 51 degrees, with a low of 43 degrees.

Light winds are expected and there's a 40 percent chance of rain, but it isn't expected to move in until midnight, Brotherton said.

Reporter Mike North can be reached at (209) 385-2453 or mnorth@mercedsunstar.com.

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