We, at SAPNA, would like to pay tribute to the six people who died at the hands of a domestic terrorist, while worshiping in the Sikh Temple in Oak Creek, Wisconsin. Our prayers, whether they are spoken to Bhagwan, Jesus, Allah, Buddha, or Waheguru, are with the families and friends of those that lost their lives.
Satwant Singh Kaleka, 62, was the founder and president of the temple. When the gunman opened fire, Kaleka tried to attack the shooter outside the temple. He managed to find a simple butter knife in the temple and tried to stab the gunman even after being shot twice near the hip or upper leg, his son said Monday to the Huffington Post.
Brothers, Sita Singh, 41, and Ranjit Singh, 49, were from New Delhi. Ranjit Singh had left for the United States 16 years ago, when his son was 7 months old, and had not been back to India since then. Ranjit Singh’s most common advice to the younger temple members was to sing and sing loudly â€“ it didn’t matter what or how well â€“ and that would lift their spirits.
Prakash Singh, 39, had been an assistant priest at the temple for six or seven years, said Gurcharan Grewal, president of the Sikh Religious Society of Wisconsin, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported. Singh went to India in June to bring back his wife and two children, a son and daughter both under age 12. About eight weeks ago, he returned to Oak Creek, the Journal Sentinel said.
Paramjit Kaur, 41, was the only female victim. Huffington Post report, “Kaur’s friends remembered the 41-year-old wife as sweet, outspoken and devoted to her family and her faith. They said she was also hard-working â€“ spending 11 hours a day, 6 days a week, in production at a medical devices firm in order to provide for her children.”
Suveg Singh, 84, moved to the United States from India in 2004 to live with his son, Balginder Khattra. Khattra said his father didn’t speak English but loved living in the United States.”He don’t have hatred for anybody. He loved to live here,” said son Baljinder Khattra, who moved from the family’s farm in Patiala, a city in Punjab, in 1994.
In addition to those killed in the shooting, officer on the scene Lt. Brian Murphy, 51, a 20-year police officer, was ambushed and shot eight or nine times in the neck and extremities. He survived the shooting.
â€” SAPNA STAFF
How To Help Victims and Families(Huffington Post)