AG Eric Holder calls Sikh temple shooting act of terrorism

Houstonians joined members of the Sikh community Thursday night for a candlelight vigil to remember the Sikhs killed Sunday during an attack by a lone gunman at their Oak Creek, Wisconsin temple.

Wisconsin congressman Paul Ryan, Governor Scott Walker, and other government leaders joined Sikh’s at an Oak Creek high-school gym for another public memorial.

Attorney General Eric Holder also attended on behalf of President Obama, and told the group that the shooting was an act of terrorism and a hate crime

'Our resolve to prevent acts of terrorism and to combat crimes motivated by hatred has never been stronger,' Holder said. 'And that is precisely what happened here. An act of terrorism. An act of hatred. A hate crime that is anathema to the founding principles of our nation and to who we are as an American people.'

On Thursday, Oak Creek police allowed members of the temple to go inside for their first visit since the shooting. Bullet holes still visible and emotional scars still painful.

The members will continue cleaning and healing, but will leave one bullet hole as a visual and tangible reminder of their tragedy.