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Sikhs on the First Coast stunned by temple shooting

4:09 PM, Aug 6, 2012   |    comments
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. --  Sunday people gathered to pray in Mandarin as the news spread that seven were killed at a shooting at a Sikh temple in Oak Creek, Wis.

Dozens of people gathered to pray at the Hindu Society of Northeast Florida in Mandarin. It's a place where about three thousand people come to worship.

The news that a shooter reportedly walked up to a priest who was standing outside and shot him before shooting others has rocked the community of Mandarin. Srinath Kadambi is a priest at the HSNEF and says the shooting has left him nervous for him and for his worshippers.

"I cannot put in words as a worshiper of God," Kadambi said, "We always seek peace for the entire community."

While Hinduism and Sikhism are different religions they are similar enough that the services at the HSNEF   are open to followers of both faiths. Usha Arora, a Sikh, was visibly shaken while talking about the violence.

"I just want to convey my condolences to all of my brothers and sisters - not just in America - but all over the world," Arora said. "I hope this never happens again and people learn from this and never do this type of hideous think ever again."

First Coast News

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