Substitute teacher, Pakistani exchange student among victims

Lawrence Kim
May 21, 2018

Jaelyn had just begun her first year at public school after having being home-schooled throughout her life.

"We grieved. We're still grieving", Jason Cogburn said. He felt it was his calling to serve others.

Sheikh said he first found out about the tragedy when he sat down to watch TV after iftar, the fast-breaking meal.

Realizing it was the school where his 18-year-old daughter, Sabika, was an exchange student, he flipped through channels trying to learn more and left her messages, but she didn't reply.

He called her friends but they were not responding either.

The Embassy in Pakistan has confirmed that the foreign exchange student died.

The Pakistan Association of Greater Houston said on Facebook that Sabika was due to go back home to Pakistan for Eid al-Fitr, a three-day holiday that marks the end of the holy Muslim month of Ramadan.

She said Sabika was scheduled to return home in about three weeks and she was already feeling sad about her leaving.

George Lapadat, who says Sabika was "one of my friends", posted a photo on social media to honour her.

Lysaght declined further comment when contacted by The Associated Press and referred calls to a State Department spokesman.

"Please know that the YES programme is devastated by this loss and we will remember Sabika and her families in our thoughts and prayers", Lysaght wrote.

The others were students at Santa Fe High School.

The young woman, described by her family as an excellent student, had dreamed of working for Pakistan´s Foreign Affairs Ministry.

"She was busting at the seams with energy and laughter. Vivacious", the family said.

"She appreciated it so much". CREATIVE beyond belief! She was a magnificent caretaker and a staple in her family. A handsome child finding her way and hopeful for her future.

The senior pastor at Dayspring Church says Ramirez was a member of the Santa Fe church's youth ministry. Her family says she was creative beyond belief and was a staple in her family.

Officials have confirmed the names of eight students and two teachers killed Friday when a student opened fire at Santa Fe High School.

Her niece, Leia Olinde, said the family was notified of her death Friday night.

Her father said Sabika had wanted to work in government in some capacity, to help her country. Vaughan's mother said she was in art class during the shooting.

Olinde's fiance, Eric Sanders, says "words don't explain her lust for life and the joy she got from helping people".

Cynthia Tisdale with her husband, William.

Perkins, 64, also was a substitute teacher and grandmother.

Patrick began by listing violent video games, the removal of religion from schools, abortions and broken families as key causes of the string of shootings.

Chris Stone, a junior at Santa Fe High School.

Clear Lake Regional Medical Center said Saturday afternoon that one gunshot victim was in serious condition and a second was in good condition.

Her family isn't being allowed to see her body yet. An autopsy is planned for Monday.

The 16-year-old loved art, especially anime.

A self-proclaimed gun owner, he told other owners "Your guns ought to be safe at home", except for teachers, who he said should be bringing their weapons with them into the classroom.

The prayer was said for her but also for "everyone suffering", Shaikh said.

The day of the shooting, Rodriguez wrote in a Facebook status to "love like (you're) getting one more day with them".

McLeod, a freshman who went by Kyle, could always be counted on to make light of any situation, said close friend Kali Reeves, who added she wouldn't have been surprised if the 15-year-old "made a joke about getting shot" if he were still alive.

Jared Black was a student at Santa Fe High School.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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