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Richmond Hill Sikh community marks anniversary of Wisconsin temple shooting


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THE COURIER/Photos by Zachary Kraehling

ZACHARY KRAEHLING AND MAGGIE HAYES

Mourners gathered for a candlelight vigil at the Sikh Cultural Society in Richmond Hill to remember the shooting attack on a Wisconsin Sikh temple just a year ago.

Wade Michael Page, who has been called a white supremacist, walked into the temple as worshippers prepared for Sunday services and opened fire. Six people were killed.

Assemblymember David Weprin stood with the Richmond Hill Sikh community and said, “You are not mourning alone” and that all Americans continue to be “enriched” by the nation’s religious diversity.

“This community is about love of country and spirituality,” said one man. “The goal is prayer. God’s name is love, and without love there is nothing.”

 

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Richmond Hill man loses uncle in Milwaukee temple shooting


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THE COURIER/photo by Billy Rennison

Hours after Mohan Singh Khatra was installed as chair of the Sikh Cultural Society in Queens, the celebration was disrupted when he learned his uncle had been among those killed in the shooting at a Wisconsin gurdwara.

Members at the gurdwara in Richmond Hill first heard the news of the Milwaukee massacre, executed by Army veteran and reported white supremacist Wade Michael Page, at around 2 p.m. After calling several relatives in Milwaukee, Khatra finally received the tragic news that his uncle, Suved Singh Khatra, was killed.

The nephew, 49, already planned on making the trek to Wisconsin to visit his 78-year-old uncle this weekend, but his trip was expedited in light of the tragedy.

The night before the shooting, Khatra and his uncle spoke for the last time, discussing details of the visit, with his uncle imploring Khatra to stay with him.

Khatra said he was not angry about the shooting that took his uncle’s life, but, rather, sad.

“I feel really bad because we never can see him again,” Khatra said.

Suved Singh Khatra moved to Milwaukee from India about 12 years ago, owning a small business, before finding work as a taxi driver.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg visited the Richmond Hill gurdwara a day after the shooting to offer his condolences to Khatra and the rest of the Sikh community.

“No matter who you are, no matter where you’re from, no matter what religion you profess, you have a right to be safe in your homes, your places of worship and on the streets of New York City,” the mayor said. “We have no tolerance for intolerance or for lawless violence.”

The tragic incident had the potential to be much worse, if not for the intervention of police officers, Khatra said.

“I especially thank that police officer [veteran Sam Lenda, who shot and killed Page] who saved many individuals lives,” he said. “He did a great job.”

Despite the tragedy Khatra remained confident this was an isolated incident.

“We’re all Americans, this can happen anywhere,” Khatra said. “We are safe here in New York. We are all American citizens.”

Queens’ Morning Roundup


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Remains in attic of suicide house were woman who was knifed to death: officials

A woman whose dead body was found in the home of a Queens man who killed himself was knifed to death, officials said Sunday. The rotting remains of the still-unidentified woman were found in the attic of tenant Devendra Autar, 32. Autar, a police officer’s brother who was found hanging from a pullup bar in his Richmond Hill home July 20, left behind a chilling suicide note. Read more: New York Daily News

Qns. leader’s kin among dead

The uncle of a Queens man was among those killed yesterday in the Sikh temple massacre. Mohan Khatra was worshipping at the Sikh Cultural Society in Richmond Hill when he learned the news about his relative, Suvez Khatra, 77. “It’s very sad news for our family. It’s very sad news for our community” Khatra told The Post. Read more: New York Post

Police increase security at Sikh temples in NYC

The NYPD are increasing their patrols of Sikh temples around the city after the shooting in Wisconsin Sunday. In the Richmond Hill section of Queens, a officer was seen talking to the temples president. Although the shooting happened thousands of miles away, worshippers here are worried. Read more: Fox 5

Long-awaited barrier goes up along a dangerous stretch of road in Broad Channel 

The stretch of Cross Bay Blvd. that runs along the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge is well-known for its scenic views but also its dangerous history. Wooden crosses pockmark the area where motorists and pedestrians were killed in accidents.Now, after years of haggling over funding, environmental concerns and logistics, the city is constructing a safety barrier to protect walkers, runners and bicyclists who use the popular pathway from traffic. Read more: New York Daily News

Silver consolation prize for Queens badminton club

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