OAK CREEK, Wis (WSAU) Several thousand people are expected to attend tomorrow’s visitation for the six worshippers killed in last Sunday’s attack at the Sikh Temple in Oak Creek. All six families plan to take part in the visitation – and they’ll be joined by mourners from as far away as India, England, and Canada. The visitation will be held from 9-to-11 Friday morning at Oak Creek High School. It will include readings from the Sikh’s holy book. Afterward, families and close friends will take part in a private gathering before the bodies are cremated. A ritual bathing of the bodies took place yesterday.
Four of the six fatal victims were Indian nationals, and two of their families are planning burials back in India. The government from India’s state of Punjab will handle those arrangements. Punjab’s chief minister, Parkash Badal, arrived in Milwaukee on Tuesday – something he was planning to do for months, so he could attend a wedding Saturday for the daughter of Mequon businessman Darshan Dhaliwal. Yesterday, Badal visited Milwaukee’s Froedtert Hospital where three survivors of the shootings were in critical condition at last word. He also met with some families of the dead, saying he wanted to share their grief.