Kaleka’s sons, Pardeep and Amardeep Kaleka, also donated much of their share of the donations back to the temple. About half was used to import five golden fiberglass domes from India to be installed on the temple this week.
“This was something my father always wanted,” Pardeep Kaleka said.
Temple officials are still hoping to raise another $1 million to $1.5 million for a memorial to the victims. They also plan to build a Sikh museum or religious center next door where people can learn about Sikhism and its history, an idea that arose after they were flooded with invitations from schools and churches to attend functions and discuss their religion.
“We got so many invitations we weren’t able to accommodate all of them,” Gill said. “We’re really sorry for that.”
Punjab Singh, 65, was the most seriously injured; he was shot in the head. He requires around-the-clock care, and his family says it’s unlikely he’ll ever speak again. His medical bills, which have topped $1 million, are being covered by the temple’s insurance.
The insurance company has since amended the temple’s policy to exclude coverage of “acts of terror,” Harpreet Singh said.
Punjab Singh’s sons alternate spending every waking hour by his bedside. They don’t have work visas, and have been spending their share of the donations on rent and groceries. They’re not sure what will happen when the money runs out.
But they do know one thing.
“We are very, very thankful to those who donated,” said Singh’s elder son, Raghuvinder Singh. “May God bless those people.”