6K run/walk honors the memory of Sikh Temple victims

CREATED Aug 3, 2013

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OAK CREEK - A community comes together one year after the tragedy that left six people dead. Many people came out to the Chardhi Kala 6K memorial run and walk in Oak Creek to honor the people who were shot and killed at the Sikh Temple one year ago.

The run not only remembers the victims of hate crimes, but shows how people from different backgrounds can come together as a community. State Representative Mandela Barnes was proud of how many people showed up.

“It’s a very touching experience to have something like this,” explains Barnes. “To have so many people where we can actually celebrate and come together is a beautiful thing.”

“This is my way of just kind of coming and showing solidarity,” expresses participant Sheryl Chernigla. “I know that we can keep going forward and be a stronger city, a stronger state, and a stronger nation because of it.”

Many people from across the country came to show their support. Robbie Parker lost his daughter at the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting last December. He understands how it feels to lose someone to violence.

“I’m honored to be here with you,” stated Parker. “I want to share my sincere and heartfelt love for all of you.”

Sikh community members explain that they are focused on overcoming hate with love. They started the run with a Sikh battle cry and traditional drums. The battle cry was one of the many ways the Sikh people explained 'we will persevere' and turn tragedy into triumph.

Monday marks the one year anniversary of the shooting. A community candlelight vigil will be held at the Sikh Temple at 8 pm.