Attorney general: America is rallying around Sikhs

August 10, 2012 - 1:44 PM
Sikh Temple Shooting

Attorney General Eric Holder speaks at the funeral and memorial service for the six victims of the Sikh temple of Wisconsin mass shooting in Oak Creek, Wis., Friday, Aug. 10, 2012. The public service was held in the Oak Creek High School. Three other people were wounded in the shooting last Sunday at the temple. Wade Michael Page, 40, killed five men and one woman, and injured two other men. Authorities say Page then ambushed the first police officer who responded, shooting him nine times and leaving him in critical condition. A second officer then shot Page in the stomach, and Page took his own life with a shot to the head. (AP Photo/Jeffrey Phelps)

OAK CREEK, Wis. (AP) — U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder has told mourners memorializing six victims of a Sikh temple shooting in suburban Milwaukee that America is rallying around them in support.

Holder says the fatal shooting rampage at the Oak Creek temple Sunday was not only an attack on the Sikh community, but an attack on the values of America itself. He says the Sikh community has inspired the country with its compassionate response to evil.

Holder was one of the last speakers at the memorial service Friday that drew thousands to the Oak Creek High School gymnasium where open, wooden caskets of the six victims were on display.

Gov. Scott Walker, U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan, and other dignitaries were among those who attended the ceremony.