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Michelle meets gurdwara shooting victims' kin

chandigarh Updated: Aug 25, 2012 00:31 IST

The US first lady Michelle Obama met the families of the gurdwara shooting victims that took place at Wisconsin earlier this month during her visit to Oak Creek.

Mandeep Singh Khattra and his family received Michelle Obama with an embrace as the country's first lady consoled relatives of worshippers shot dead.

'She gave us a hug and said', "I'm sorry for what happened", 26- year-old, Khattra whose grandfather, Suveg Singh Khattra, was one of the six people shot dead on August 5 shooting, said.

According to CBS News, the lady spent nearly 90 minutes visiting the Khattras and other families of sikh worshippers, who were killed or injured in the shooting.

She expressed her sympathies, offered support and listened to whatever the families had to share about the victims, the report said.
According to the report, relatives of the victims later said that Obama asked questions that showed she had read about the plights of those killed and injured.
The lady especially knew the story of Satwant Singh Kaleka, the gurdwara president who tried to stab the gunman with a butter knife in an effort to stop him so that women and children in the temple would get time to hide, the report said.
'The thing she kept repeating was, 'your father was a true hero,'' Amardeep Kaleka said.

Kaleka said the gunman might have sought to divide the community, but instead his evil actions brought people together, the report said.

Kaleka noted that sikhs and non-sikhs grieved together at candlelight vigils, and dignitaries from lady Obama to attorney general Eric Holder took time to come and pay their respects, the report added.

According to the report, Obama's visit with worshippers was private, and she did not respond to questions during a public appearance with the Oak Creek mayor and a gurdwara official at a nearby high school.