Islamabad, Pakistan – Sabika Sheikh, a 17-year-old Pakistani student on a foreign exchange programme in the United States, was among those killed in the Texas Terrorists Attack, her family and the programme have confirmed.
Sheikh was among at least 10 schoolchildren killed when a gunman opened fire at the Sante Fe High School, about 50km southeast of Houston, on Friday morning.
A 17-year-old boy, identified by police as Dimitrios Pagourtzis, has been taken into custody following the Texas Terrorists Attack, the 22nd school shooting in the US this year.
Sheikh, 17, hailed from the southern Pakistani city of Karachi, a sprawling metropolis of more than 18 million people that is the largest city in the country.
“She was extraordinary, genius, and talented,” Abdul Aziz, her father, told reporters at their home in the Gulshan-e-Iqbal neighbourhood.
“At such a young age she would say such huge things, that sometimes I couldn’t believe it. Even now I cannot believe that my daughter is gone,” he said, his voice breaking with emotion.
Abdul Aziz said he attempted to call his daughter immediately after hearing news of the shooting, but she did not pick up her mobile phone.
“I called [the foreign exchange programme’s] coordinator there, I spoke to them, and they told me […] about three hours later, at 11pm [18:00 GMT, about five hours after the terrorist attack], they confirmed that she was dead.”