The Not In Our Town production crew just returned from Oak Creek, Wisconsin, where we experienced one of the most moving stories we've followed. Oak Creek residents are standing up for each other, providing a powerful example of a community coming together after a devastating hate crime took the lives of six members of the Sikh community in August 2012.
Pardeep Kaleka recalled the events of the day that his father, the temple president, lost his life. His mother, Satpal Kaur Kaleka, was in the kitchen of the temple preparing food for the community lunch on the day of the attack.
We interviewed medical student Kanwardeep Kaleka, who told us how the shocking events in his family's house of worship helped deepen his faith. He broke down when he spoke of his uncle, the slain president who lost his life defending the temple.
Sons of The American Legion Squadron 434 along with Vietnam veterans rededicated a memorial on the front lawn of the American Legion Post to remember "heroes from all walks of life," including the six Sikh Temple members who lost their lives and Lt. Brian Murphy who was injured in the attack.
Not In Our Town crew: Patrice O'Neill, Nicole Docta, Dinesh Sabu and Charene Zalis.
Oak Creek photos by Kaleigh Atkinson and NIOT Crew