Hundreds of people streamed into a Wisconsin high school Friday to pay their final respects to six worshippers gunned down by a white supremacist at a Sikh temple in suburban Milwaukee.

Somber, tearful mourners, most wearing scarves on their heads in the Sikh tradition, greeted victims’ family members with hugs at the Oak Creek High School gymnasium. Six open caskets were arranged inside the gymnasium with individual flowers on the bodies and a bouquet on the floor. A large video screen flashed photos of those killed and injured.

After they filed past the wooden caskets, mourners took their seats as Sikh singers sang hymns in Punjabi, an Indian dialect. One of the singers paused to translate some lyrics into English.

“Dear God, you have given me this body and this soul. This body is doing whatever you want me to do. You take this soul, this is your soul,” he said.

Gov. Scott Walker addressed the crowd, telling mourners the Sikh community has shown others that the best way to respond to hate is with love.

“Today we mourn with you, we pray with you, we support you,” Walker said.

Several dozen police officers stood by in the gym, watching the service.

The wake and visitation, initially scheduled to last for two hours, was extended by another two to accommodate mourners who traveled from abroad and U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder as a last-minute speaker. Other dignitaries expected to attend include Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker and U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan.

After the service, mourners planned to return to the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin where the six died and three others were critically wounded Sunday morning. There, priests will read the Sikh holy book from cover to cover in a traditional rite honoring the dead called “Akhand Path.” That process takes 48 hours.

"We want to pay homage to the spirits who are still in there," said Harpreet Singh, a nephew of one of the victims.

Earlier Friday, about two dozen worshippers milled around the temple, where blood-stained carpet had been replaced and some walls had been freshly painted by members allowed inside the day before.

One bullet hole in a door jamb leading to the main prayer hall was left unrepaired as a memorial to the shooting victims.

Kuldeep Chahal, 35, a Sikh teacher from Toronto, arrived at the temple Friday with several other people after driving for 12 hours. Chahal brought banners and cards that temple members in Canada had signed for families of the victims.

“The reason we came down is because we definitely what to show the community how much we support them,” Chahal said.

Federal investigators may never know why 40-year-old Wade Michael Page chose to attack total strangers in a holy place. What they do know is that the Army veteran opened fire with a 9 mm pistol at the temple, shortly before Sunday services were due to begin.

Page killed five men and one woman, and injured two other men. Authorities say he then ambushed the first police officer who responded, shooting him nine times and leaving him in critical condition. A second officer then shot Page in the stomach, and Page took his own life with a shot to the head.

The officer who was injured, Oak Creek Police Lt. Brian Murphy, was upgraded Thursday to satisfactory condition.

The dead included Satwant Singh Kaleka, 65, the temple president who was shot as he tried to fend off Page with a butter knife.

The other victims included:

— Ranjit Singh, 49, and his 41-year-old brother, Sita Singh, two priests whose families were back in India and whose lives in America revolved around their faith;

— Suveg Singh Khattra, 84, a former farmer in India who was a constant presence at the temple;

— Prakash Singh, 39, a priest who was remembered as a fun-loving personality who enjoyed telling jokes; and

— Paramjit Kaur, 41 who worked 66 hours a week to provide for her family, but also found time to pray every day for at least an hour.

The FBI roped off the temple for four days while agents conducted their investigation. They handed the keys back to Sikh leaders Thursday morning.

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  • Bringing In A Casket

    Sikh temple members bring in a casket for the funeral and memorial service for the six victims of the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin mass shooting in Oak Creek, Wis., Friday, Aug 10, 2012. The public service was held in the Oak Creek High School. Three other people were wounded in the shooting last Sunday at the temple. (AP Photo/Jeffrey Phelps)

  • Mourners Provide Comfort

    Mourners provide comfort at the funeral and memorial service for the six victims of the Sikh temple of Wisconsin mass shooting in Oak Creek, Wis., Friday, Aug 10, 2012. The public service was held in the Oak Creek High School. Three other people were wounded in the shooting last Sunday at the temple. Wade Michael Page, 40, killed five men and one woman, and injured two other men. Authorities say Page then ambushed the first police officer who responded, shooting him nine times and leaving him in critical condition. A second officer then shot Page in the stomach, and Page took his own life with a shot to the head. (AP Photo/Jeffrey Phelps)

  • Weeping

    Mourners weep at the funeral and memorial service for the six victims of the Sikh temple of Wisconsin mass shooting in Oak Creek, Wis., Friday, Aug 10, 2012. The public service was held in the Oak Creek High School. Three other people were wounded in the shooting last Sunday at the temple. Wade Michael Page, 40, killed five men and one woman, and injured two other men. Authorities say Page then ambushed the first police officer who responded, shooting him nine times and leaving him in critical condition. A second officer then shot Page in the stomach, and Page took his own life with a shot to the head. (AP Photo/Jeffrey Phelps)

  • Attending Funeral

    Mourners attend the funeral and memorial service for the six victims of the Sikh temple of Wisconsin mass shooting in Oak Creek, Wis., Friday, Aug 10, 2012. The public service was held in the Oak Creek High School. Three other people were wounded in the shooting last Sunday at the temple. Wade Michael Page, 40, killed five men and one woman, and injured two other men. Authorities say Page then ambushed the first police officer who responded, shooting him nine times and leaving him in critical condition. A second officer then shot Page in the stomach, and Page took his own life with a shot to the head. (AP Photo/Jeffrey Phelps)

  • Mourners Grieve

    Mourners grieve at the funeral and memorial service for the six victims of the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin mass shooting in Oak Creek, Wis., Friday, Aug 10, 2012. The public service was held in the Oak Creek High School. Three other people were wounded in the shooting last Sunday at the temple. (AP Photo/Jeffrey Phelps)

  • Huge Crowd At Memorial Service

    Mourners attend the funeral and memorial service for the six victims of the Sikh temple of Wisconsin mass shooting in Oak Creek, Wis., Friday, Aug 10, 2012. The public service was held in the Oak Creek High School. Three other people were wounded in the shooting last Sunday at the temple. Wade Michael Page, 40, killed five men and one woman, and injured two other men. Authorities say Page then ambushed the first police officer who responded, shooting him nine times and leaving him in critical condition. A second officer then shot Page in the stomach, and Page took his own life with a shot to the head. (AP Photo/Jeffrey Phelps)

  • Woman Weeps At Sikh Service

    A woman weeps as mourners attend the funeral and memorial service for the six victims of the Sikh temple of Wisconsin mass shooting in Oak Creek, Wis., Friday, Aug 10, 2012. The public service was held in the Oak Creek High School. Three other people were wounded in the shooting last Sunday at the temple. Wade Michael Page, 40, killed five men and one woman, and injured two other men. Authorities say Page then ambushed the first police officer who responded, shooting him nine times and leaving him in critical condition. A second officer then shot Page in the stomach, and Page took his own life with a shot to the head. (AP Photo/Jeffrey Phelps)

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    OAK CREEK - AUGUST 10: Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker speaks as community members pay respects to the six victims in the mass shooting at the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin at the Oak Creek High School August 10, 2012 Oak Creek Wisconsin. Suspected gunman, 40-year-old Wade Michael Page, allegedly killed six people at the temple on August 5 and then killed himself at the scene. He was an army veteran and reportedly a former member of a white supremacist heavy metal band. Three others were critically wounded in the attack. (Photo by Darren Hauck/Getty Images)

  • A Man Grieves

    OAK CREEK - AUGUST 10: A man grieves as community members pay respects to the six victims in the mass shooting at the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin at the Oak Creek High School August 10, 2012 Oak Creek Wisconsin. Suspected gunman, 40-year-old Wade Michael Page, allegedly killed six people at the temple on August 5 and then killed himself at the scene. He was an army veteran and reportedly a former member of a white supremacist heavy metal band. Three others were critically wounded in the attack. (Photo by Darren Hauck/Getty Images)

  • Community Members

    OAK CREEK - AUGUST 10: Community members pay respects to the six victims in the mass shooting at the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin at the Oak Creek High School August 10, 2012 Oak Creek Wisconsin. Suspected gunman, 40-year-old Wade Michael Page, allegedly killed six people at the temple on August 5 and then killed himself at the scene. He was an army veteran and reportedly a former member of a white supremacist heavy metal band. Three others were critically wounded in the attack. (Photo by Darren Hauck/Getty Images)

  • Friends Show Support

    OAK CREEK, WI - AUGUST 10: Family and friends gather at Oak Creek High School to mourn the loss of 6 members of the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin on August 10, 2012 in Oak Creek, Wisconsin. Bhai Seeta Singh, Bhai Parkash Singh, Bhai Ranjit Singh, Satwant Singh Kaleka, Subegh Singh, and Parmjit Kaur Toor were killed when Wade Michael Page, a suspected white supremacist, went on a shooting rampage at the temple August 5. Page also died at the temple after being shot by police then shooting himself. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

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  • In this undated combo photo composed of two images provided by the family, Indian Ranjit Singh, right, and Sita Singh who were killed in the shooting attack at a Sikh temple in Wisconsin are seen. The Indian born brothers were both killed in the shooting attack Sunday. (AP Photo)

  • Indian relatives of brothers Sita and Ranjit Singh who were killed in the shooting attack at a Sikh temple in Wisconsin, look at family photos at the family home in New Delhi, India, Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2012.

  • Ranjeet Singh

    In this undated family photo released Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2012, Indian Ranjeet Singh, who was killed in the shooting attack at a Sikh temple in Wisconsin, is shown. Singh, one of the victims of a shooting attack at a Sikh temple in the United States, never came home to India even once in 16 years, working at a grocery store during the week and volunteering at the Sikh gurdwara on weekends. He promised his family in India he was doing what had to be done to get a green card so they could come join him in the United States. (AP Photo/Ranjeet Singh family)

  • Indian Lokinder Kaur, third from right, mourns with her daughters Jasbir Kaur, 24, fourth from right, and Jaspreet Kaur, 21, second right, as they gather with other relatives at the family home in New Delhi, India, Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2012. Lokinder Kaur's husband Ranjeet Singh, one of the victims of a shooting attack at a Sikh temple in the United Staes, never came home to India even once in 16 years, working at a grocery store during the week and volunteering at the Sikh gurdwara on weekends. He promised his family in India he was doing what had to be done to get a green card so they could come join him in the United States. (AP Photo/Kevin Frayer)

  • Sita Singh

    In this undated family photo released Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2012, Indian Sita Singh, who was killed in the shooting attack at a Sikh temple in Wisconsin, is seen. Singh was killed during the attack on Sunday alongside his brother Ranjeet Singh who he had recently joined in the United States. (AP Photo/Seeta Singh family)

  • Sita and Ranjeet Singh

    Indian friends and relatives of Sita Singh who was killed in the shooting attack at a Sikh temple in Wisconsin, visit the family home in New Delhi, India, Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2012. Singh was killed alongside his brother Ranjeet Singh who he had recently joined in the United States during the attack on Sunday. (AP Photo/Kevin Frayer)

  • Indian Surinder Kaur, center, the wife of Sita Singh who was killed in the shooting attack at a Sikh temple in Wisconsin, is comforted by her son Armeet and daughter Sarabjit, second right, at the family home in New Delhi, India, Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2012. Sita Singh was killed alongside his brother Ranjeet Singh who he had recently joined him in the United States during the attack on Sunday. (AP Photo/Kevin Frayer)

  • Suveg Singh

    This undated photo provided by Mandeep Singh shows Suveg Singh Khattra. Balginder Khattra of Oak Creek, Wis. said Monday, Aug. 6, 2012, that his 84-year-old father, Suveg Singh Khattra, was among the dead in Sunday's shooting at a Sikh temple in Oak Creek, Wis. (AP Photo/Courtesy Mandeep Singh)

  • Indian Surinder Kaur, center, the wife of Sia Singh who was killed in the shooting attack at a Sikh temple in Wisconsin, is comforted by her son Armeet and daughter Sarabjit, right, at the family home in New Delhi, India, Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2012. Seeta Singh was killed alongside his brother Ranjeet Singh who he had recently joined in the United States during the attack on Sunday. (AP Photo/Kevin Frayer)

  • Harinder Kaur Rakhra, left, sister of Satwant Singh Kaleka who was killed in the shooting attack at a Sikh temple in the U.S. state of Wisconsin, is consoled by Seema Sharma, a local politician in Patiala, India, Monday, Aug. 6, 2012