Father of Exchange Student Killed in Santa Fe Shooting Wants Gun Reform

  • Father of Exchange Student Killed in Santa Fe Shooting Wants Gun Reform

Father of Exchange Student Killed in Santa Fe Shooting Wants Gun Reform

Sabika Sheikh was studying in the U.S. through an exchange programme funded by the State Department.

A seventeen-year-old gunman is being held on a capital murder charge after authorities say he fatally shot 10 people and wounded at least 10 others at his high school in Santa Fe, about 30 miles southeast of Houston.

Sheikh was studying in the USA through an exchange program facilitated by the Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange and Study (YES) programme.

Sabika, who was from Karachi, Pakistan, had been in Santa Fe as an exchange student and was just a few weeks from returning home when the gunman opened fire on her classroom.

Funeral prayers are offered for Pakistani exchange student Sabika Sheikh, who was killed in the Santa Fe High School shooting, during a service at the Brand Lane Islamic Center Sunday, May 20, 2018, in Stafford, Texas. "I've never met a woman who loved her family so much". "YES also has "Religious Advisors" if preferred".

Megan Lysaght, manager of the Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange & Study Abroad program (YES), sent a letter to students in the program confirming that Sabika Sheikh was killed in the shooting. "Ambassador Aizaz Chaudhry spoke to the father of Sabika Sheikh expressing heartfelt condolences over the tragic death of his daughter".

Instead, he learned that his oldest child was among those killed in the mass shooting at Santa Fe High School, where Sabika arrived as an exchange student last August. "In the midst of such tragedy, we pray for the victims and those mourning in Santa Fe, while we work to ensure swift and meaningful action to protect our students in schools across our state".

Noting that while the USA has suffered a number of school shootings in recent years, Sheikh said the possibility of his daughter being killed in a mass shooting never crossed his mind. In a message on Twitter, Perez mourned Stone's death writing, " I love you cousin, I didn't say it enough.

After Florida suffered a massive school shooting in February, the gun control debate seemed to gain traction, with young survivors of the Parkland shooting leading the way.

The governor said searches were being conducted at two residences and "explosive devices" had been found including a "CO2 device" and a Molotov cocktail.

She said the program would be holding a moment of silence for the girl, pictured beaming in a shirt that says "Texas" in a photo being shared on social media.

"We have to learn from each other's experiences", he told reporters after meeting the grieving family. A third victim, who had been treated and released Friday was readmitted to the hospital for further observation and was listed in good condition, the hospital said.

A Pakistani foreign exchange student is among those killed in the shooting, according to a leader at a program for foreign exchange students and the Pakistani Embassy in Washington, D.C.

"It's a shock, it's so sad", said realtor Ike Samad, 67, who was born in Pakistan but has lived here most of his adult life and raised his children as Americans.

"It's my school. This is my daily life".

"When I first started school, I didn't know anyone".

It was the 22nd school shooting this year, according to USA media reports, a disturbing statistic in a country where firearms are part of everyday life and there are more than 30,000 gun-related deaths annually.

There is no set definition for the term "mass shooting".