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Son Reflects On The Many Facets Of Satwant Singh Kaleka, 6 Years After Sikh Temple Shooting

"The last time that I saw my father, he was giving piggy back rides to our children and he was just happy being a g...

Aug. 5 marks the six-year anniversary of the Sikh temple shooting in Oak Creek. The hate crime left six people dead and four others wounded, and the killer later committed suicide. Among those who died in ambush was the temple’s leader, Satwant Singh Kaleka.

This weekend is a time of reflection for the entire Milwaukee community. But it holds significance for Satwant’s son, Pardeep Singh Kaleka. The younger Kaleka has tried to live up to his father’s philosophy, working with Serve 2 Unite, an organization that works with students to teach the importance of social peace. He also co-authored a book with former white supremacist Arno Michaelis.

Today, Pardeep Singh Kaleka says he can reflect on the many facets and memories of his father's life.

"As much as we were trying to put a brave face on for the world [after the shooting] because we felt a responsibility to do so, it was very emotional," says Pardeep Singh Kaleka. "Emotional to the point that it was hard to reflect on some of these good and bad memories."

"The last time that I saw my father, he was giving piggy back rides to our children and he was just happy being a grandfather," he recalls. "Because of how he grew up, he didn't have a welcoming sort of culture for him to come in to. His vision was to create that and create a community that other Sikhs could come to and worship and assemble with and just be welcomed."...

..."If you value that people share their story, then you can work through your own pain," he says. "If it's a burden for you to hear other people's stories and journeys and suffering, then somehow vicariously you pick it up — because we're not honoring pain. And overall I think this country needs to really accept and honor the pain of the past so that we can really heal going forward."

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