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by Michele McCormack

OAK CREEK-Hundreds lined up hours before the memorial was scheduled to begin to pay tribute to the victims of Sunday's mass shooting at the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin.

For those outside of the Sikh faith, they hoped their presence would leave a lasting impression and pave the way towards healing.

"What's happened is terrible," Diane Hofmann told CBS 58, "but I think what I'm seeing here (at the high school) is something that turned out to be more than anyone could have imagined."

Chris Martin of Fox Point said he hoped that this tragedy and the subsequent rallying of the community would bring about greater awareness and make an already strong Sikh community even stronger.

Before the formal service began Governor Scott Walker told mourners that, "No matter what country your ancestors come from, no matter where you worship, as Americans we are one. When you attack one of us, you attack all of us. Our friends in the Sikh community have shown everyone the best way to respond is with love."

During the memorial, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder said, "What happened here was an act of terrorism, a hate crime. I'm here on behalf of the President of the United States, on behalf of colleagues at the Department of Justice and the American people to stand with you, mourn with you, and to pray with you."

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