Shots fired at a FedEx facility in Indianapolis in two minutes on Thursday resulted in eight deaths, and those eight people ran out of time to attend to their loved ones. Half of the life that 19-year-old Brandon Scot Hole experienced in those mass shootings belonged to members of the Indianapolis Sikh community.
The Jakara Movement lit candles across California on Sunday evening for all victims and held their families in their “Ardaas”, a Sikh prayer. This also took place in Bakersfield.
“Whenever we are at a loss for words, we turn to our Ardaas, whether the people come from the Sikh faith tradition or not, we expand that,” said Manpreet Kaur, program director of the Jakara movement that we think of you every day, but especially when something like that shakes everyone up. “
Kaur confirmed that many of the Punjabi Sikh victims were relatives of Jakara students in California.
“These people went to work, they ate lunch, they picked up their paychecks. They lived their normal everyday lives with the expectation of going home,” said Kaur. “They had plans, they had dreams and that was cut short. I think we’re really speechless, aren’t we even safe at work then?”
After the vigil, members of the local Sikh community wrote messages to the families of the victims, which Kaur claims to send to these families in Indianapolis.
Member of Bakersfield City Council in Ward 7 Chris Parlier, who represents the largest Sikh community in Bakersfield, also showed solidarity at the vigil on Sunday.
“Unfortunately, some people are either sick in their minds or sick in their hearts. And they take this evil and inflict it on innocent people,” Parlier said. “”
For now, investigators are still trying to find out what the motive of the mass shooting in Indianapolis was. We will provide more information as soon as it arrives in our newsroom.