Oak Creek Sikhs among guests at White House event

 The temple president and five relatives of the dead and injured visited Washington on Tuesday.

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WASHINGTON (AP) -- Members of the Oak Creek Sikh (seek) temple were among the guests at a White House event honoring the founder of Sikhism.

The temple president and five relatives of the dead and injured visited Washington on Tuesday. First lady Mitchell Obama offered consoling words and hugged family members, just as she did in Oak Creek following the August massacre.

Rajwant Singh chairs the Sikh Council on Religion and Education. He also attended and thanked Obama for her support of the Sikh community.

A white supremacist killed six Sikh worshippers at the temple and injured four other people before taking his own life.

Among those killed was the former temple president. His son couldn't go to Washington because he's preparing to take his father's ashes to India next week.

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STORY FROM 10/29/12

OAK CREEK, Wis. (AP) -- The Oak Creek police officer who survived 14 gunshots from the gunman who went on a fatal rampage at the Sikh temple says he thought of his training as the assailant kept shooting him -- "in a high-risk incident, I will survive."

Lt. Brian Murphy says he thought to himself as he lay wounded in the temple's parking lot Aug. 5, "I'm not going out like this. I'm not going out in a parking lot."

Three gunshots struck his protective vest. Eleven more hit his arms, hands, legs and the back of his head. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel says Murphy had three operations and faces three more.

Six Sikh worshippers were killed and three were wounded by a white supremacist who killed himself after he was shot by Officer Sam Lenda.


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