Victims called loving, dedicated, deeply religious

| August 5, 2012

Satwant Kaleka died in the temple he helped build.

When a gunman opened fire at the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin in Oak Creek Sunday, Kaleka tried to attack the shooter outside of the temple, his son said. Wounded in his lower extremities, Kaleka, 65, made it inside, hid with others in a room and died there.

"It was like a second home to him," Amardeep Kaleka said of his father's love for the temple. "He was the kind of person who, if he got a call that a bulb was out at 2 a.m., he'd go over to change it."

Authorities have not released the names of the victims.

Ater more than 10 hours of waiting, including hours inside the basement of a nearby bowling alley, family members began learning the fate of loved ones from officials late Sunday. Authorities began calling out the names of waiting family members to talk to them in a private area.

"It's hard to describe the scene. People were crying and hugging each other," said Ben Boba Ri, an official with the temple.

Among those killed was Parkash Singh, a priest who was described as quite and gentle. As news of the shooting spree spread, it ignited comments in social media, and one Twitter comment seemed to resonate with many – the last line of a Sikh daily prayer:

"We wish peace and joy to all people in the world."

 

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