Vigil in Williams Lake honours victims killed in Wisconsin

A candlelight vigil will be held in front of city hall to honour the six people who were shot and killed at a Sikh temple in Wisconsin, U.S.

A candlelight vigil will be held in front of city hall on Aug. 12 at 7:30 p.m. to honour the six people who were shot and killed Aug. 5 at a Sikh temple in Wisconsin, U.S.

Vigil organizer Surinderpal Rathor says, as a Williams Lake resident for 37 years and a city councillor for more than a decade, he has never come across the type of hatred displayed by the shooting. As a community, he says, the people of Williams Lake need to watch out for each other’s safety.

“This could happen to anybody anywhere. We have to be more careful and vigilant,” Rathor says. “The vigil is not to point fingers but to remind ourselves when humankind is sending machines and landing on Mars, there is no place in our society for hateful thinking. We need to work together, live together and appreciate each other.”

Candles will be provided, but if people want to bring extra they are welcome to.

Anyone wanting to say something at the vigil or find out more about the event can contact Rathor at 250-392-0909.

Mayor Kerry Cook and some of the other council members will also attend.

 

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