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Foreign dignitaries visit the home of Oak Creek's Sikh temple president

Foreign dignitaries visit the home of Oak Creek's Sikh temple president

By WTMJ News Team. CREATED Aug 7, 2012 - UPDATED: Aug 7, 2012

OAK CREEK - Officials from India arrived in Oak Creek Tuesday and visited the home of the temple president, Satwant Singh Kaleka, who was killed on Sunday.

Funeral plans are still being worked out.  Part of the problem is that they expect thousands in Oak Creek for one service for all six victims.

Amardeep Kaleka's father was the temple president, a man who was killed trying to save others.

"We're trying our best to hold up, but under the conditions, it's a lot of stress," said Amardeep Kaleka.

Now, community members and foreign dignitaries are there supporting Kaleka's family.

Punjab's chief minister, which is equivalent to our governor, was here for a wedding, but came to Satwant Singh Kaleka's house to pay his respects.

He is president Kaleka's brother-in-law.  "I'm sure he would have come anyway, considering the situation," said Amardeep Kaleka.

The Indian ambassador in the U.S. also spoke with Kaleka's widow.

The Sikh community is now trying to get victims' family members here from India, and trying to find a venue large enough to hold all of the mourners.

"We are expecting there's thousands of people will be there.  We are looking at whatever is the biggest place," said the Oak Creek Sikh temple's secretary, 56-year-old Inderjeet Singh Dhillon.

There will be a public wake at Oak Creek High School, but there will be one funeral for all six victims.

Temple leaders ask that that service remain just for family and close friends.