Six Sikh shooting victims mourned at home of temple's president
WTMJ News Team
Keller Russell reportsPhoto: Video by tmj4.com
OAK CREEK- We're now able to put names and faces to the victims whose lives were taken in such a barbaric way at the Oak Creek Sikh temple on Sunday.
The victims range from a 39-year-old father to an 84-year-old grandfather -- all deeply dedicated to their faith.
All leave behind loves ones -- some here, others half a world away.
One day after tragedy at their temple -- a show of solidarity and strength for members of the Sikh temple of Wisconsin.
TODAY'S TMJ4's Keller Russell reports that dozens gathered at the home of their president, Satwant Singh Kaleka.
He's one of the six people killed by Wade Michael Page on Sunday. Kaleka was a man who helped build the very temple he died in.
Kaleka's son says his father was shot trying to attack the shooter. "He slowed the shooter down enough so other people could get to safety. It's an amazing act of heroism, but it's also exactly who he was," said Amardeep Kaleka.
Along with the temple president, two of the temple's priests died -- Seeta Singh and Parkash Singh.
Inderjeet Singh Dhillon, a temple secretary worked with Seeta Singh and knew him well.
"He worked hard, I can say is very honest person and he was helping in the kitchen and he read the Holy Book," said Dhillon.
A 41-year-old woman, Parmjit Kaur, 49-year-old man Ranjit Singh and a second priest, Parkash Singh were also gunned down.
Parkash recently moved his wife and two young children to the United States.
Inderjeet's eyes filled with tears telling TODAY'S TMJ4 how he met the kids last week.
"He just grabbed them both and he said, 'I'm so glad I've been waiting for like nine years until my family came here and he looked so happy when he grabbed his kids,'" said Dhillon.
Then there's Subegh Singh, an 84-year-old. His granddaughter says he was found dead at the entrance of the temple.
His daughter-in-law was among the women hiding inside during the shooting rampage, and found him as she ran to safety.
TODAY'S TMJ4's Keller Russell: "I can't imagine your mother having to walk past that and seeing that sight."
Sandeep Khattra: "I think that's something she couldn't get over. That was her father-in-law just laying there still and she was just telling us she just wanted to touch his body."