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Sisters ( @indianqueen84_)

Look what came in the mail today!  #AssassinsCreed #PS3 #AC3 Zoom

Look what came in the mail today! #AssassinsCreed #PS3 #AC3

This election brought to you by coffee. Thanks @ohcarli for this cup of joe!  (Taken with Instagram) Zoom

This election brought to you by coffee. Thanks @ohcarli for this cup of joe! (Taken with Instagram)

Paris and other memories.  (Taken with Instagram) Zoom

Paris and other memories. (Taken with Instagram)

I will learn. #Punjabi (Taken with Instagram) Zoom

I will learn. #Punjabi (Taken with Instagram)

Banished to the basement to watch the #DemocraticNationalConvention (Taken with Instagram) Zoom

Banished to the basement to watch the #DemocraticNationalConvention (Taken with Instagram)

Terrifying little thing. (Taken with Instagram at The Art Institute of Chicago) Zoom

Terrifying little thing. (Taken with Instagram at The Art Institute of Chicago)

Cornfields all the way to UofI. (Taken with Instagram at Monee) Zoom

Cornfields all the way to UofI. (Taken with Instagram at Monee)

#NowReading Imagining India, The Idea of a Renewed Nation (Taken with Instagram) Zoom

#NowReading Imagining India, The Idea of a Renewed Nation (Taken with Instagram)

Shooting at Gurdwara in Wisconsin

Today was a hard day. The events at Oak Creek today hit very close to home for me. When I first moved to the United States I lived in Milwaukee. My dad has lived there even longer. So, this is a community that our family is very much a part of. While my personal beliefs lean  more towards agnosticism, I still attend Gurdwara (Sikh’s place of worship) with my family. It’s crazy for me to realize that something like this can happen. Especially at a place where I’ve been for weddings, funerals, and normal prayer service. You never think it’ll happen to you or someone you know.

There are two Gurdwaras in the Milwaukee area. Thankfully, today, my mother, father, aunt, and uncle went the one in Brookfield instead of the Oak Creek. But, to hear my dad tell of arriving at temple to see a blockade of armed police officers stationed there is scary. To hear the stories of children and women hiding in a closet, and our holy shot at is even more terrifying. To realize a family friend is fighting for their life in critical condition is just disturbing.

I don’t understand. I’m a realist. I know that bad things happen. But, how can someone go to a place of worship with the intent to kill? I can’t even imagine.

It’s getting late. I hope I can sleep tonight. My thoughts and prayers go out to all the families and their loved ones.