“We at Security America Mortgage, Inc. offer our full support to the victims of this tragic incident and we as an organization remain dedicated to supporting the American value of religious freedom for everyone in this great nation”, said Steve Otero
Houston, Tx (PRWEB) August 07, 2012
Security America Mortgage, Inc., wishes to express condolences to the victims and families affected by the recent shooting at a Sikh temple in Wisconsin. The shooting took place when temple members were reading scriptures and cooking food in preparation for the main Sunday service and community lunch. It came two weeks after a massacre at a Colorado movie theater that left 12 dead and dozens more wounded.
Security America Mortgage, Inc. one of the top VA mortgage companies in the United States, values the contribution of all Americans to the housing market.
The shooting at the Sikh "gurudwara" in the town of Oak Creek, south of Milwaukee, left seven people dead, including the suspected gunman, who was shot by a police officer at the scene. Officials believe this was likely the work of a lone gunman.
Lee Biblo, chief medical officer at Froedtert Hospital in Milwaukee, told CNN on Sunday evening that the three injured victims were in critical condition. He said one suffered shots to the abdomen and chest, another suffered shots to the extremities and face and a third suffered injury to the neck.
Sikhs are followers of Sikhism, a religion that originated in the 15th century in the Punjab region of South Asia. Male Sikhs, who cover their hair with a turban and keep beards, are at times mistaken as Muslims.
"The Sikh American community, like all Americans, is shocked after this attack," said a statement by the Sikh American Legal Defense and Education Fund (SALDEF) and the American Sikh community. "We mourn the loss of those killed today and pray for the swift recovery of those injured, including the veteran police officer who put himself in harms way to protect his community."
Houses of worship, like the gurdwara or the Sikh temple, are places of peace it said. "Attacks at any of the nation's houses of worship must be condemned by all Americans. This type of crime strikes at the very foundation of religious tolerance, the principle upon which this country was built."
President Barack Obama expressed his condolences for the victims and surrounding communities affected by Sunday’s tragedy. "As we mourn this loss which took place at a house of worship, we are reminded how much our country has been enriched by Sikhs, who are a part of our broader American family," stated Obama.
Echoing the condolences offered Sunday by President Barack Obama, the U.S. Embassy in New Delhi said in a Monday statement, "Religious freedom and religious tolerance are fundamental pillars of U.S. society. The Sikh community in the United States contributes to this principle and meaningfully enhances the American social fabric."
Steve Otero, Security America Mortgage Public Relations Director, said, “We at Security America Mortgage, Inc. offer our full support to the victims of this tragic incident and we as an organization remain dedicated to supporting the American value of religious freedom for everyone in this great nation.”