Special Report: After the Tape Comes Down
OAK CREEK, Wis. (CBS 58) – It is seen every time there is a mass shooting, the nation mourns, Facebook feeds are filled with thoughts and prayers and then, it fades until the next tragedy.
Now, we’re taking a closer look at what happens years after the crime scene tape comes down.
Kamal Kaur lost her father in Oak Creek’s 2012 Sikh temple shooting.
“He probably felt so helpless, he was probably thinking of his kids and his family back home when he was shot and it’s hard to keep it together when I think all of it,” she said.
Kaur’s father and uncle were two of the six people killed when the gunman shot innocent worshipers, before killing himself.
“It’s always going to hit me through life and it’s never going to go away,” she said. “Every time I think of it I think of everything, all the mass shootings, how he was killed, how my uncle was killed.”
Kaur is now 18-years-old and is still dealing with the trauma surrounding her father’s sudden and violent death.
Childhood therapist Shanna Sullivan said it’s something a lot of kids unfortunately face in the Milwaukee area.
“Their world is often changed in an instant, daily routines change, maybe their caregivers are different,” Sullivan said.
Kaur’s entire world changed. At 11-years-old, she was flown from India to Wisconsin to not only say goodbye to her father, but her country.
Now, Kaur graduated from high school with nearly straight A’s and is enrolling in nursing school, hoping to save lives like her father once dreamed.
“I just want to make my dad proud,” she said.