OAK CREEK — Kamul Kaur was 11 years old when her father was shot and killed when a gunman stormed into the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin and opened fire, killing six people before turning the gun on himself.
“I just don’t understand the reasoning why he had to take the six souls with him when he could have just gone himself,” said Kaur.
Kaur wrote an open letter to Wade Michael Page, the gunman, on her Facebook page. In it, she said, “7 years ago today you decided to walk into a place of worship and destroyed 6 beautiful souls. That day you took away my father and my uncle from me. That day you shattered my dreams. You destroyed the future I could have had. You destroyed my family.”
Now 19 and starting at UWM in the fall, Kaur plans to become a nurse and one day a doctor.
“This is not OK. Even after seven years, it has become such a sad reality. It’s become an everyday thing. When I hear something new, I am not surprised. I am not shocked because it is just so normal.” — Kamul Kaur, on the mass shootings
After hearing of the tragic mass shootings in Texas and Ohio this weekend, she struggles to understand how little we’ve come as a country since 2012.
“This is not OK. Even after seven years, it has become such a sad reality. It’s become an everyday thing. When I hear something new, I am not surprised. I am not shocked because it is just so normal.”