Family of Sikh Temple founder, president establishes fund for victims

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OAK CREEK -- Following Sunday's shooting at the Sikh Temple in Oak Creek that left six dead and three critically wounded, websites have popped up to raise money for families of those who lost their lives. The family of the temple's president and founder say they support just one site, and are trying to keep people who want to help from falling victim to scams.

Amardeep Kaleka is the son of Satwant Singh Kaleka -- president and founder of the Oak Creek Sikh Temple and one of those killed Sunday. The Kaleka family has established the "We Are Sikhs" website and fund. The money raised will benefit the families of all six victims' families.

CLICK HERE to visit the WeAreSikhs website and make a donation.

"I know their families, and I know how much they were living on food stipends and meal allowances and having an apartment allowance," Kaleka said.

Wisconsin Better Business Bureau President Randall Hoth says while it is good to give, scammers are out there.

"They're tracking the news -- taking advantage of the tragic events. Don't just give to a charity that looks or sounds like part of the Sikh family," Hoth said.

The BBB says if a charity is legitimate, they'll be able to share information about how much money is going to the victim's family.

Hoth says while they haven't fully checked into the We Are Sikhs website, what makes this website legitimate is family accountability.

"Everything we're collecting is for the victims' families, and we're in contact with all of the victims' families as much as possible," Kaleka said.

The Kaleka family says they're not accusing any website creators of fraud, they simply don't know them and don't necessarily know how much money will be going to the victims. Some of the websites also charge a service fee for making a donation.

The Kaleka family's fund has collected over $116,000 as of Tuesday evening, August 7th.

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