Temple Shooter's Girlfriend Praises 'Heroes' at Scene
Misty Cook says put focus on them, not her
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Aug 8, 2012 11:53 AM CDT
This undated file photo provided by the Federal Bureau of Investigation shows Sikh temple shooter Wade Michael Page.   (AP Photo/FBI, File)

(Newser) – The ex-girlfriend of the man who opened fire on a Sikh temple in Wisconsin is drawing scrutiny of her own from police, but her first public statement is all about offering solace to the victims. "The reaction of the Sikh community around the world has been admirable," Misty Cook told the LA Times in an email. "Their advocation for education and understanding is something we should all try to emulate."

Cook also heaped praise on those who confronted shooter Wade Michael Page, including officer Brian Murphy and temple leader Satwant Singh Kaleka. "I hope the majority of focus will be on celebrating the lives of the heroes in this situation," wrote Cook, who, like Page, has been linked to the white-supremacy movement. (The Daily has details on that.) "I find the good work that (Kaleka) did for his people and his heroic last act are far more newsworthy than anything I could say." Police say Kaleka grabbed a butter knife and kept Page away from his family and others before being fatally shot.

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JackNelsonSteward
Aug 8, 2012 5:25 PM CDT
Watch this one. She's VERY good at public comment. She hit just the right notes. This is professional grade.
Diapercaked
Aug 8, 2012 1:20 PM CDT
lol look at our crooked cops threatening her to make her say things she doesnt believe like it is going to trick anyone...
CopTurnedJournalist
Aug 8, 2012 1:12 PM CDT
I realize human curiosity is a powerful force. But can ANYONE explain to me why we should care what this woman has to say? Her existence should not be acknowledged by the media. If you read the linked article, she has probably accomplished her desired goal, which was to gain publicity for and get the web addresses of two neo-nazi groups spread around the Internet. As far as the shooter is concerned, I can see reporting his identity in the first story, or maybe the first full day's reporting on the incident. From that point forward, he should simply be referred to as "the shooter" or "the murderer," and his name should never be mentioned again. We've GOT to stop turning these nut-jobs into martyrs for their whacked-out, racist causes!