SURREY (NEWS1130) – A vigil is happening at a temple in Surrey tonight for those killed by a gunman in Wisconsin. It’s a gathering that won’t just remember the dead, but also bring awareness to the Sikh community.

Sukhminder Virk, a director at the Guru Nanak Sikh Gurdwara, says it was important for the society to hold something in memory and support of the victims.

He has been speaking to the members of the Sikh community who feel awareness needs to come out of the tragedy.

“They’ve been very devastated,” Virk explains. “[It's good] to reflect what the role of being a Sikh, living in the West. I don’t think anyone is afraid, per say, but you are certainly very aware of what is going on.”

Virk thinks it offers a chance for people to reflect on what happened, not just to Sikhs.

“Ultimately to help people understand that we are all connected. There’s no difference between people. We’re not just all Canadians, we’re human beings.”

Virk claims fighting ignorance needs to happen in the US and even here in BC.

The prayer and candlelight vigil starts at 6 p.m. at the Guru Nanak Sikh Gurdwara in Surrey. Virk says all are welcome. They will also have an open house on August 16 for people to learn more about the Sikh community.