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Thousands of people are expected to gather in Oak Creek, Wisc., on Friday to mourn the six Sikh worshippers killed during a shooting rampage this past weekend by Wade Michael Page, a former Army vet who turned his gun on himself as police closed in.
The Associated Press reports that organizers extended what was planned as a two-hour ceremony by two additional hours in order to accommodate the influx of mourners and the addition of U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder as a last-minute speaker. Republican Gov. Scott Walker and Rep. Paul Ryan also plan to attend the event.
Around 3,000 came to a vigil in Oak Creek on Tuesday, and Today’s TMJ4 reports that the mayor expects at least that many supporters Friday.
After the wake at a nearby high school, mourners plan to return to the Sikh temple where the shootings took place this past Sunday, where a series of priests will read the Sikh holy book from cover to cover, a process that usually takes about 48 hours.