Emotional day for friends, family of Sikh temple shooting victims
WTMJ News Team
Steve Chamraz reportsPhoto: Video by tmj4.com
OAK CREEK- Friday was especially emotional for those who had to say goodbye to family members.
Loved ones also mourned and gave thanks.
Families are continuing their grieving process at the Sikh temple Friday night where they will begin reading their Holy Book, a reading that will last the next 48 hours.
Earlier Friday at the public wake there were more than 200 survivors of the six victims that shared their grief with a crowd of thousands.
The crowd overflowed outside Oak Creek's High School to pay their final respects to six victims who were brutally shot at their place of worship.
Shehbazdeep Kaleka spoke just before the wake about his uncle, the president of the temple, and how much he meant to the whole Sikh community.
"He meant the world to me," said Kaleka. "He was the glue that kept us together."
Amardeep Kaleka, Satwant Singh Kaleka's son, says it's the support from across the world that has helped him through this difficult week.
"It's definitely comforting that so many people can share in your pain and loss and come and tell you that personally. The human touch, the hug, the handshake."
Kaleka went to the temple for the first time since the shooting and explains it was an overwhelming experience.
"(Whew) I went to the temple twice (Thursday). The first time was right before they opened it up. That was horrific. Graphic is not the word. It was extreme. My heart was really sad."
During Friday's service several family members shared stories about the victims.
Paramjit Kaur's son held back tears, saying his mom was a selfless woman.
"It's an honor to have her blood spilled in the Gurudwara."
Suveg Singh's granddaughter thanked the police, community, and supporters across the globe for all the well wishes.
"I'm very very thankful for everyone. There's not enough words in the dictionary to explain how grateful I am to everyone for the love and support for our family and community."
Community leaders are still asking for donations, there are a few memorial funds set up.
That money will go towards funeral costs, repairs at the temple, victims' families, and part of it will go to Lt. Brian Murphy's family as well.