Editor's note: To help families of the victims, go to wearesikhs.com or visit the Tri City National Bank in Oak Creek, Wisconsin. Their number is (414) 761-1610.
Satwant Singh Kaleka will be remembered by his son as a man who “lived his life with the principles he knew and he was taught at a young age,” and as a patriot who had “lived the American dream.” In this interview with the Kaleka family, Anderson sits down with the temple president’s wife, Satpal, and his son, Amardeep.
Arriving as an immigrant to the U.S. in 1982 with no more than a couple hundred dollars in his pocket, Amardeep recalls how his father would work 18-hour days at a gas station in order to provide for his family. He believes his father set an excellent example for others. “If you do the hard work, if you live by truth and honesty…it’s going to lead to a good life. He has beautiful children, he has beautiful grandchildren, he has a great wife that has stood by him through thick and thin. His community loves him. Hundreds of people will show up at his funeral.”
TJ Leyden tells Anderson Cooper how the suspect in the Oak Creek, Wisconsin, attack used music to spread hate.
Reporter's Note: I write to President Obama every day.
Dear Mr. President,
I have taken a couple of days off to visit some colleges with my younger daughter, and as always it is an eye-opening experience. I shall not bother you with the names of the particular institutions which she is considering; in part because I don't want to put any pressure on her, and also because I don't want you weighing in with a phone call to a university president on her behalf. We believe in making it on our own in this family, so thanks, but no thanks!
Back to the eye-opening part. I often find myself during this campus tours wishing I were 18 again. Well, sometimes I just wish that in general, but in this case it is specifically because so many universities seem like such fascinating places. The things kids have available for study these days are mind blowing; and I don't mean in a 1960's "Man, these mushrooms are blowing my mind" kind of way. I mean the research opportunities, the depth of expertise among the professors, and the ability they have to connect with information from all over the globe.
Sure, just as it always has been, many of them just want to connect with that person across the lecturer hall, but you get my meaning...the possibilities for young Americans to excel in their chosen fields has never been better.
It is inspiring in a way, especially with our economy in such rough shape.
Anyway, my daughter and I have just stopped for a quick dinner along the road as I write this (steak on the way!) so I can't linger long. More from the college hunt tomorrow.
Call if you can.
Here we are in Oak Creek, Wisconsin just about a week after covering the horrific shooting spree in Aurora, Colorado. I didn't think I'd be back on a story like this for a while...but sadly, I am. Different state. Different suspect. Similar tragedy and terrible loss.
It's good to see this getting a lot of attention. When we arrived at the police station this morning for the news briefing, it was jammed with media.
As I walked in, a large group – all members of the local Sikh community – was praying together in the lobby of the police department. It was a powerful sight. They were soon ushered to their front row seats for the news conference. They even asked questions of the FBI and police, including when they might get their temple back. They were told hopefully by Thursday while the investigation continues.
We waited about an hour or so to get an interview with Police Chief John Edwards. He has so much to deal with but is staying strong. He told me he hopes to make it to the hospital tonight to visit the officer who was shot eight or nine times. They are all so relieved Lt. Brian Murphy survived.
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