October 2, 2014

Public invited to sign condolence book

A condolence book for the victims of the massacre in Oak Creek is being made available at the Wisconsin State Capitol for members of the public to offer their messages of support and sympathy to shooting victims, their families, and the Sikh communities.

Governor Scott Walker says the entire state is focused on helping with the healing process. He says, “It is important for us to stand together as a state in condemning this kind of evil and lifting up our neighbors in need.”

In this week’s radio address, Walker said, “The Sikh Temple, as with any house of worship, is a refuge and a safe haven for people of faith.” He also said that in an effort to root out ignorance and senseless violence, it’s important for the public to be informed about our neighbors in the Sikh community.

The governor said, throughout the week, he and his wife, Tonette, attended several vigils and visited with some members of the Sikh community. Walker said he and the first lady have been struck by their strength and grace in the face of tremendous pain.

The gunman shot and killed six people before taking his own life just after being shot by a police officer. Funeral services are scheduled for Friday for the victims; the governor plans to attend.

The condolence book is located at the main tour desk on the ground floor of the statehouse through next week, Friday August 17, during tour desk staff hours. It will then be delivered to the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin.