First lady visits victims of Sikh temple shooting

First lady Michelle Obama met with the families of the victims of the Sikh temple shooting on Thursday in Oak Creek, Wis.

The meeting at the Oak Creek High School was private and reporters were left outside, according to the pool report. The first lady, in Wisconsin for campaign events, took the afternoon off for the meeting.

President Obama called India's prime minister, Manmohan Singh, the week of the incident to offer his condolences, but has not visited the community.

The first lady told Oak Creek Mayor Stephen Scaffidi and the secretary of the temple where the shooting took place that she hoped to lend the community her support.

"It's my honor to be here with you,” she said. “I'm sorry it's under these circumstances, but I am anxious to meet with the families and lend whatever support I can."

Six people were killed and three wounded earlier this month when a gunman with alleged white-supremacist ties opened fire in a Sikh temple in a Milwaukee suburb.

The Sikh Temple of Wisconsin’s president was killed in the shooting. Temple Secretary Kulwant Dhaliwal told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel the first lady’s visit “means a lot to us.”  

The alleged gunman, Wade Michael Page, took his own life.

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