Assemblymember Mary Hayashi Adjourns in Memory of Sikh Temple Shooting Victims

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As the California State Legislature reconvened from its summer recess, Assemblymember Mary Hayashi (D-Hayward) adjourned in memory of the Wisconsin Sikh temple shooting victims. One of the victims was the cousin of Charnjit Singh, a priest at Gurdwara Sahib Hayward, a local Sikh temple.

Assemblymember Mary Hayashi

California State Assemblymember Mary Hayashi

It’s hard to believe that such violence can still strike a place of worship, where people gather for the sake of peace, fellowship, and community,

As the California State Legislature reconvened from its summer recess, Assemblymember Mary Hayashi (D-Hayward) adjourned in memory of the Wisconsin Sikh temple shooting victims. One of the victims was the cousin of Charnjit Singh, a priest at Gurdwara Sahib Hayward, a local Sikh temple.

“It’s hard to believe that such violence can still strike a place of worship, where people gather for the sake of peace, fellowship, and community,” stated Assemblymember Mary Hayashi. “I ask that we take this moment to express our condolences to the families, and our support to all the survivors of this tragic event.”

According to an article by NPR, on the morning of August 5 a gunman opened fire at a Sikh temple in Oak Creek, Wisconsin, a suburb near Milwaukee. Several dozen temple members were in attendance for Sunday services. Six were killed and others were wounded. The gunman died in a shootout with police officers. The shooter was identified by the Southern Poverty Law Center as a neo-Nazi involved in white supremacist activities. ABC News reported that the wounded included the first responding police officer who was shot multiple times while trying to give aid to a victim.

The San Jose Mercury News reported that one of the victims was the cousin of Hayward’s Sikh temple priest, Charnjit Singh, who received news of the shooting before Sunday services. With courage and strength, he led and comforted his congregation as they all waited for more information, and prayed for friends and families in preparation for the heart-breaking details.

“With the recent shootings in Colorado, and at Oikos University last year in Oakland, these are trying times that make us shake our heads and question how far humanity has come. But while the Wisconsin gunman sought to drive another wedge of hate in this country, events like this only make us work harder, stand stronger, and bond us together,” continued Assemblymember Mary Hayashi.

Assemblymember Mary Hayashi is the Chair of the Business, Professions, and Consumer Protection Committee and serves the 18th Assembly District, which includes San Leandro, Hayward, Dublin, most of Castro Valley and Pleasanton, and a portion of Oakland, as well as the unincorporated areas of Ashland, Cherryland, San Lorenzo and Sunol.

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