US President Barack Obama has remembered the victims of the Wisconsin Sikh temple shooting, whilst addressing guests at the White House.
Those invited were taking part in an Iftar dinner with the President to celebrate the Islamic holy period of Ramadan.
“Tonight our prayers in particular are with our friends and fellow Americans of the Sikh community. We mourn those who were senselessly murdered and injured in their place of worship. We declare with one voice that such violence has no place in the United States of America. The attacks of Americans of any faith is an attack on the freedom of all Americans,” Obama said.
Thousands of mourners turned out for the funerals of five men and one woman killed in the shooting rampage at the Oak Creek Sikh temple last Sunday. One victim had tried to fend off the shooter.
Sikhs have been attacked after being mistaken for Muslims.
US Attorney General Eric Holder spoke at the memorial: “In the recent past, too many Sikhs have been targeted and victimized simply because of who they are, how they look and what they believe. It is wrong, it is unacceptable and it will not be tolerated.”
Police are investigating why 40-year-old army veteran and white supremacist Wade Michael Page, who later shot himself dead, carried out the attack.