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Sikh Temple Shooter is the Former Leader of White Supremacist Band

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Wade Michael Page, the suspect arrested in conjunction with the recent Sikh Temple Shootings, has been an active member of the white supremacist rock scene in Milwaukee for years according to the Southern Poverty Law Center.

He was a member of at least two different bands, End Apathy and Define Hate, both of which were openly racist and skinhead affiliated.

Page, who was shot down by cops upon his exit from the temple on Sunday, had a long history of attending white supremacist shows and was the lead singer and guitarist of End Apathy. Although the band openly had neo-Nazi affiliations, they still were sponsored by Rockstar Energy drink for a 2012 battle of the bands contest.

End Apathy was based out Nashville, N.C. and in 2010 the white supremacist music website interviewed Page in 2010 for his role in the group. He said when the band started in 2005 their name reflected a wish to “figure out how to end people’s apathetic ways and moving forward.” Page also told them that his lyrics focus on “”sociological issues, religion, and how the value of human life has been degraded by being submissive to tyranny and hypocrisy that we are subjugated to.”

End Apathy and Define Hate released a split record together called Violent Victory. The album cover was a giant white arm punching a black man in the face. The letters “HFFH” are tattooed on the fist, which is is the acronym for the phrase “Hammerskins Forever, Forever Hammerskins.” The Hammerskins is an organization of skinheads that has regional chapters and used to be a dominant force in the racist movement in the United States.

The temple that Page is suspected of ambushing was a Sikh Temple in Oak Creek a suburb of Milkwaukee, Wisconsin. Seven people were killed in the incident, including a 20-year-veteran police officer before another officer gunned Page down.

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