Sons remember mother killed in temple shooting after completing prayers

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Paramjit Kaur

Paramjit Kaur

(CNN) — The older son of a woman killed at Sunday’s mass shooting in Wisconsin said she was shot just after completing prayers.

Paramjit Kaur, 41, was one of six killed at a Sikh temple in Oak Creek.

When Kaur was in the temple praying, “My aunt told her that there was a shooting going on outside, we need to get up and leave,” said 20-year-old son Kamal Saini. “Rather than just getting up and leaving, she wanted to just bow down and pray for the last time and then get up and leave. She was just getting up. She was shot in the back.”

Kaur and her family immigrated to the United States eight years ago. Last month, her family made its first visit to India since then.

“She was a good woman. She was a great mom,” said a younger son, Harpreet Saini, 18.

“She lived for us. She worked for us. Anything she did, it was for us,” said Kamal Saini. “If there wasn’t enough to eat it was always us before she ate.”

Her dream was for her sons to be educated. “She told us education is everything here,” said Kamal.

Both young men plan to pursue careers in law enforcement. “I wanted her to see me in uniform,” Kamal Saini said.

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