On Saturday, when the wiggles occurred in Indianapolis, the flags above the Indiana Statehouse were in half-staff. In the parking lot of a Baptist church on the west side of the city, activists whose families were affected by gun violence gathered to express their support. And for the Sikh community, which has grown in number in Central Indiana in recent decades, the size of the loss was enormous.
Members of the Sikh community recall the painful aftermath of September 11, 2001, when, in a wave of anti-Muslim sentiment, some Americans also targeted Sikhs with taunts of “go home” or “Osama bin Laden”. And Sikhs mourn the killing of six people by a white supremacist in a Wisconsin temple in 2012.
“We don’t know if it was targeted or coincidence,” the 29-year-old Dr. Sukhwinder Singh said, a leader in his gurudwara, or Sikh temple, south-east of Indianapolis. “We are all very numb. This is something that will take several weeks to be processed. “
At Sikh temples in Indianapolis, members gathered on Saturday to mourn, pray and reflect on the circumstances of the shooting. Many of them described the victims of their community as hard workers, devoted to their families and committed to their faith, known for their tradition of service, including victims of natural disasters To support and organize food drives during the coronovirus epidemic.
Many Sikhs were among 875 employees at FedEx’s 300,000-square-foot sorting facility near Indianapolis International Airport, where parcels are flown into an automated system where they are digitally scanned, weighed, and Measured, circled and resolved around the conveyor belt. a Current job posting The facility promises $ 17 per hour for package operators.
Jaswinder Singh, a new tenant of Fedwicks who was excited to get his first salary, had a daily appearance at a temple in Greenwood, outside Indianapolis, where he cut vegetables, cleaned floors, and dined for temple visitors. Served. He would sometimes stop near the temple before going to work.
“He was an ordinary man,” said Harjap Singh Dillon, whose sister was married to a son of Jaswinder Singh. “He prayed and meditated a lot, and he did community service.”