Nation seek answers in deadly Wisconsin shootings

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Sikhs seeking solace at gathered for a vigil in Brookfield, Wisc., for those who died at a temple in Oak Creek over the weekend. And today, they, and the rest of the nation try to figure out what happened, and why.

The president of the temple is among the six Sikhs killed by a lone gunman who attacked during a worship service.  His son says his dad died trying to save lives.

'I was told by several FBI agents that the blood trails and the evidence that are inside, it's blood evidence that shows a battle had ensued,' Amardeep Kaleka told CNN’s Anderson Cooper 360. 'And then the knife next to his body had blood on it. Then blood trails leading from wherever that battle of blood was, one towards the kitchen, one towards the bedroom where my dad laid to rest.'

Lt. Brian Murphy was the first police officer on the scene. He survived a shootout, taking 8 or 9 bullets while also trying to help a victim.

Police say the second officer on the scene ended up killing 40-year-old Wade Michael Page. His former stepmother, Laurie, says he was a beautiful child and can`t understand what happened.

'I would not have known this was Wade. What has changed him I have no idea and obviously we're never gonna know.'

Now the investigation turns to whether the army veteran was tied to white hate groups. Profiles and photos on social media sites show him with banners bearing swastikas. But the Southern Poverty Law Center says it has no doubt about where his head was at.

'This man has been in the thick of the white supremacist scene in this country for a good dozen years now,' said Mark Potok of the SPLC. 'We've been tracking him for over 10 years. He has played in some of the most infamous white supremacist rock and roll bands in this country.'

Of course, Wade Michael Page is the only person who knows for sure what happened and why, and he took those answers to his grave.

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