Church Comforts Sikh Temple Shooting Survivors

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Loved ones and fellow Sikhs around the world have held vigils for the six victims of Sunday's temple shooting near Milwaukee, Wis.

Jalet Singh Kaleka lost his brother, the temple president, who tried to stop the accused killer with a butter knife.

"It is a loss, it is a very personal loss, Kaleka said. "It is a common loss, and at the same time we are not sad."

Not sad because he said the incident was God's will.

But the way the victims were murdered is difficult to process, and police are trying to put the pieces together even as one of their own, Lt. Brian Murphy, fights for his life in critical condition.

Many are calling him a hero.

"[Murphy] had been shot nine times, one of them very serious in the neck area, and he waved them off and told them to go into the temple to assist those in there," Oak Creek Police Chief John Edwards said, describing the ordeal.

"There is no doubt in my mind that the heroic actions of our police officers prevented an even greater tragedy," added Oak Creek Mayor Steve Scaffidi.

Meanwhile, a disturbing picture is emerging of the gunman's "skinhead" and neo-Nazi ties.

Authorities are working to get a more complete profile of the dead gunman, 40-year-old Wade Michael Page, who was shot by police.

Page was an Army veteran who posted hundreds of messages on white power movement websites and played for a heavy metal band called, "End Apathy."

"The music is an incredibly violent genre of rock and roll," said Mark Potok, with the Southern Poverty Law Center.

Still, police have found no Internet rants or detailed manifestos that signal a clear motive for the obviously troubled man.

"He was gentle and kind and loving, and he was a happy person and a happy child," the gunman's former stepmother Laura Page said. "And what happened, God only knows. Because I don't and neither does his daddy."

About a mile from the Sikh temple is Harvest Community Church.

Congregants are reaching out to victims of the tragedy as well as the first responders who arrived on the scene to help.

Jim Jodrey, associate pastor at Harvest Community Church, spoke more with CBN News about what his members are doing to minister to their Sikh neighbors, on CBN Newswatch, Aug. 7.  Click play for his comments.

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