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RICHARDSON (CBSDFW.COM) – At the Gurdwara Singh Sabha of North Texas in Richardson, the Sikh community held a candlelight vigil and prayed for the families whose young children and their teachers were shot and killed during an unspeakable tragedy in Connecticut.

Organizer Gurvinder Singh says, “we felt as the Sikh community, it was inherent upon us that we share in the grief of our great nation.”

Though more than a thousand miles away from this latest tragedy, the Sikh community knows all too well the sorrow and pain felt after a mass shooting.

In August, a gunman shot and killed six people at a Sikh temple in Oak Creek, Wisconsin.

Singh says, “a place of worship, a school those are locations that everyone would imagine would be the safest.”

Representatives of different faiths, including Bill Matthews of the Interfaith Council of Thanksgiving, offered prayers and words of comfort.  “Restore us from grief and loss so that your people may be healed, and mercy, and hope,” Matthews

Alyzae Karim of the Islamic Association of North Texas told the crowd, “We all feel your sadness and grieve your pain that this tragic and senseless act has caused.”

Aside from religious leaders, it was community leaders who challenged the more than 300 people who came.”

Carrollton’s Mayor Pro-Tem Jeff Andonian told those here that guns aren’t the deadliest weapons.  “The most powerful, deadliest weapon on the streets today is your silence, is your inaction, its your failure to call your elected officials and say enough is enough.  This is madness. We need to have a conversation about violence.”

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