First lady Michelle Obama is scheduled to meet today with relatives of those killed and injured in a Sikh (seek) temple shooting in suburban Milwaukee earlier this month.


Sikh leaders say they're grateful for the visit. They also say they've taken comfort in the knowledge that the shooting has at least helped them educate the world about their religion.

Obama was scheduled to meet privately Thursday with families of those wounded and killed. Rajwant Singh, the chairman of the Maryland-based Sikh Council on Religion and Education, said her visit was a welcome gesture.

"It is important that these families hear firsthand how she and the president feel about this terrible tragedy," he said.

In the weeks after the shooting, well-wishers from around the globe have sent cash, flowers and banners of support. They have also sent cards on behalf of Police Lt. Brian Murphy, the Oak Creek officer who was among the first to respond to 911 calls from the temple.

Page shot Murphy nine times from close range before shooting himself in the head after being wounded. When other officers tried to tend to Murphy, he tried to wave them off and direct them to help worshippers indoors instead.

Murphy was released from the hospital Wednesday. A hospital spokeswoman said Murphy had requested that the media respect his privacy.

A second shooting victim remains in critical condition. A third was released last week and the fourth was treated for minor injuries on the day of the shooting.


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