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Prayer service held for victims of temple shooting

Monday, August 06, 2012

The Hindu temple in Cary held a special prayer service for the victims of the Sikh temple shootings in Wisconsin.

Those in attendance Monday evening were offering up hope, healing and peace.

"Peace, condolences for the family and we pray for peace for the whole world," said Dr. Raj Makam, the Sri Venkateswara Temple's chairman.  "If you come to India, we all look alike except they have beards and turban. So that's their cultural tradition."

"We all wanted to show our condolences and express our sincerity in a community as an integral part of our family," said Dr. Swami Damodaran, the temple president.

One by one, more than 200 men, women and children gathered with those in mind who died and those they left behind.

The biggest surprises for some in attendance was that the gunman had ties to North Carolina -- specifically Fort Bragg and the military.

"You work for the U.S. Army, you should be protecting people," said Makam. "I was really surprised this guy goes and kills innocent unarmed people."

"A shooter coming in killing so many innocent people has really disturbed all of us and we are all shocked," said Damodaran.

On Wednesday, members of the Hindu temple will travel to a Sikh temple in Durham to show their support.

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