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Family of Oak Creek Sikh minister hopeful for full recovery from 2011 shootings

OAK CREEK, WI (WTAQ) - The family of Sikh minister Punjab Singh continues to hold out hope for his recovery, almost two years after he was shot in the head in Oak Creek.

The 66-year-old Singh is an internationally-known priest for the Sikhs. He was among 4 people injured two years ago Tuesday, when gunman Wade Michael Page opened fire at the Sikh Temple near Milwaukee. Six worshippers were killed.

Page's motive was never determined, although many point to his white supremacist background.

The AP says Punjab Singh still cannot speak or move his body. But he does answer yes or no by blinking his eyes -- and there are hints of motion in his right arm and leg.

Singh's family is still hopeful that a recovery remains possible, although doctors said his injuries might be too severe for that.

Relatives say they draw their strength from the constant Sikh optimism -- an acceptance of God's will -- and a lack of anger against the gunman.

Memorial services are being held through Tuesday at the Sikh Temple in Oak Creek.

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)