First lady meets Sikh shooting victims' families

The Associated Press & WTMJ News Team

First lady meets Sikh shooting victims' families

CREATED Aug. 23, 2012 - UPDATED: Aug. 23, 2012

MILWAUKEE- First lady Michelle Obama is meeting with families of those killed and wounded earlier this month in the shooting at a Sikh temple in Wisconsin.

Temple official Kulwant Singh Dhaliwal says Obama offered her sympathies Thursday for the Aug. 5 tragedy. He says her appearance is a "wonderful gesture."

She met with families in a hallway of the Oak Creek high school.

Dhaliwal says Sikhs have taken comfort in the knowledge the shooting has at least helped them educate the world about their religion.

Amardeep Kaleka is the son of the temple president, one of six people killed. Kaleka says his father is educating more people about Sikhism in death than he could in life.

Amarjit Kaur is still recovering from a bullet wound to her wrist.  She believes it's the same bullet that penetrated the door jam inside the the Sikh temple.  "I feel she's very close to me actually when she (Mrs. Obama) hugged me and talked to me, she asked me how I'm feeling and that means a lot to me."
 

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