The Sikh community of San Jose mourns the loss of their brother and hero Taptejdeep Singh, one of nine victims who lost their lives in the mass VTA shooting on Wednesday.
At a memorial on Saturday night, the religious community also called for change when it comes to preventing mass shootings.
Taptejdeep Singh’s brother Karman Singh said the pain of losing his older brother was deep and did not ease over the days.
But he is proud of the way his brother lived his last moments. “Have you heard of your brother in these last moments? I would have liked to do it, ”he says.
“But his goal was to save other people. He focused on the people around him. What he could do to save them. Not focused on his own life.
Karman Singh is also comforted by his community of faith. Like the one who gathered in front of the Sikh Gurdwara temple in San Jose.
The temple opened for a memorial and hosted families of the victims, friends and grieving people. Janelle Aguirre, sister of victim Michael Rudometkin, said the reality of their loss had not collapsed.
“Never in my wildest dreams did I think this would happen in San Jose, or anywhere else that it shouldn’t happen. we are helpless, sad, devastated, lost, ”she said.
But by sharing memories, coming together in prayer and finding strength in the embrace. Those who gathered were comforted and committed to making changes for the better.
Board members and the temple director called on local politicians to make substantial changes to avoid such tragedies.
“What should we do in the future to avoid this type of incident?” said Sukdev Baniwar, director of the Sikh Gurdwara temple in San Jose.
“Whether it’s gun law changes or whatever kind of changes we need to make for that… because it’s happening too much right now.
Another vigil is scheduled for Sunday to pay tribute to Taptejdeep Singh, who was 36 years old and leaves behind a wife and two children.