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Local Sikhs hope change comes after mass killing

Sikh Society of Kentucky held their regular prayer service Sunday. Sikh Society of Kentucky held their regular prayer service Sunday.

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - One week after six people were shot at a Sikh place of worship in Wisconsin, the support for Sikhs across the country gathering to pray continues, even right here in Louisville.

The Sikh Society of Kentucky held their regular prayer service Sunday. The Gurdwara where they come together is a place they feel safe. "It's God's place," said President elect Devinda Singh Brar. "If We cannot have peace in Gurdwara, where else can you have peace?"

Brar said that is why a week after six Sikh's were shot down in their own Gurdwara in Wisconsin, the group here in Kentucky is determined to raise awareness about who they are. "We want (people) to know that we treat everybody equally."

Many joining in the Sunday service were there to send that very same message back to the Sikhs. "It's important to remember to stay together, to strengthen ties and to find a way to show love rather than hate at this time," explain Unitarian seminary student Chris Rothbauer.

Rothbauer said he knows more than most what the Sikh's are going through right now. His own religion was attacked in their church in Tennessee in 2008. Two were killed. "In the aftermath of our shooting, it brought us so close together. It gave us a reason to go out and be with the world rather than just stay in our churches constantly."

He suggested all others do the same in the Sikh's time of need. It is what the Sikhs hope will come out of their tragedy. Brar said they have had several interfaith meetings and meetings with government officials. He said they hope to do more of that more often in the future, hoping it stops other killings.

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