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Marquette University Hosts Vigil as Molson Coors Brewery Reopens

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MILWAUKEE (WKOW) -- While brewing operations resumed at the Molson Coors facility Monday, Marquette University held a service in memory of the five victims who died in last Wednesday's workplace shooting.

Those in attendance at the Church of the Gesu heard from several local religious and political leaders. They also heard from Byron Johnson, who said he may have been in the line of fire had he not gone back for new work gloves on way back from break. Johnson reflected on his own return to work, which will come on Tuesday.

"I will tread back through the very path where several coworkers were slaughtered last Wednesday and will keep them in mind with a heavy heart while looking at the places where they took their last breaths," Johnson said.

Another of the speakers knows the pain the victims' families feel. Pardeep Kaleka lost his father in the 2012 mass shooting at the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin in Oak Creek.

"We have heard from great leaders today - faith leaders, law enforcement. However, the greatest leader you have right now is the one that's locked inside of all of us," Kaleka said, "It took a mass shooting for me to understand that."

Johnson said he anticipated that getting back to work will help begin his own healing process.

"I will look forward to reuniting with the community of hard workers who also take pride in their job," Johnson said.

Adding to the pain at Monday night's service was Kaleka's announcement that Baba Punjab Singh, one of the elders wounded in the Sikh Temple shooting, died earlier in the day. Singh had been in the hospital for the entire seven-plus years since the attack.

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A. J. Bayatpour

Reporter, WKOW 27

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