A number of vigils and memorials are planned in the Tri-City area this weekend in support of the Sikh community, which is mourning the deaths of six people shot Sunday in a Wisconsin temple.
Two candlelight vigils are scheduled from 7 to 8 p.m. Friday -- one outside Union City's City Hall at 34009 Alvarado-Niles Road, and another outside Fremont City Hall at 3300 Capitol Ave.
The events are two of a number of ceremonies to be held simultaneously around the globe to advocate against hate and violence, said Harpal Mann, an alternate member of the Union City Planning Commission and co-planner of the Union City vigil.
Victims shot and killed last month in a movie theater in Aurora, Colo., also will be honored, Mann said.
"We've moved past the point of emotional outpour and grief and now we want to channel our energies against senseless violence, whether it's in a temple or a theater," he said.
Another vigil is scheduled to begin at 1:30 p.m. Sunday at Bill Ball Plaza at the Fremont-Centerville Rail Station, at 37260 Fremont Blvd.
A Fremont Sikh temple, known as a gurdwara, is inviting the public to a special prayer service this weekend in memory of the Wisconsin victims. The Gurdwara Sahib of Fremont, at 300 Gurdwara Road near Mission Boulevard, has scheduled the service from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday. Religious and community leaders from southern Alameda County are expected to attend the ceremonies, which are open to
"We want the public to send a message: we need security and peace and something needs to be done about it," he said.
Police said Wade Michael Page, an Army veteran, was the gunman responsible for the Wisconsin mass shooting last weekend. Page, 40, was a known white supremacist who committed suicide Sunday after he was wounded by police gunfire.
In Contra Costa County, a vigil is also scheduled from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Sikh Temple, 3550 Hillcrest Road in El Sobrante.
Contact Chris De Benedetti at 510-353-7011. Follow him at Twitter.com/cdebenedetti.