Source: The Arizona Republic
On July 24, 2004 The Arizona Republic reported, "The September 2001 murder of a Sikh man in Mesa was the centerpiece of a presentation this month by Valley religious leaders at an international conference in Spain. Balbir Singh Sodhi was shot four days after the terrorist attacks on the East Coast by a man who mistook him for a Muslim. Arizona leaders spoke firsthand of the problem in their presentation at the Parliament of World Religions, 'Lessons from Phoenix: Creating Peace in a World of Religious Violence.' The presentation focused on the violence directed at the Valley Sikh community. Six members of Arizona's Interfaith Coalition joined nearly 8,000 members from religious communities around the world to celebrate diversity and explore spiritual responses to global issues at the conference in Barcelona."