Service for exchange student killed in Santa Fe school shooting

Dimitrios Pagourtzis

Thousands attended a funeral service Sunday to remember the Pakistani exchange student killed in the Santa Fe High School shooting. A Santa Fe High School student who had been treated and released Friday was readmitted to the hospital Saturday for further observation, and then later released Saturday evening.

Sabika's funeral took place Sunday afternoon at a mosque in suburban Houston to overflowing crowds.

Karachi, May 21 Pakistan's Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi has described extremism as a global issue, not limited to a particular country or region as he visited the family of a Pakistani girl, killed in the latest shooting incident in a U.S. school. Dimitrios Pagourtzis, 17, is facing capital murder charges in the shootings.

TRT World's John Brain reports. "We are still in a state of denial".

Some 500 congregants bowed their heads as interim Pastor Jerald Watkins offered prayers.

Santa Fe 10th grader Joshua Stevens, 15, said he was glad to see the governor in attendance, adding, "It's important that after a tragic event like this we just come together and worship".

Sabika was an honor student.

"We come here today with hearts that are aching, knowing that there are parents today without children", he said.

"The family back home, we are in touch with them". They're crying every moment. With such a young life senselessly cut short, it leaves everyone wondering what incredible bridges she might have built. She was scheduled to go home to Pakistan in three weeks, by Eid al-Fitr, a three-day holiday that marks the end of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.

"There is a general impression that. life is safe and secure in America". He eventually learned from the exchange program that she was among the dead. "As a parent, it is just devastating".

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The attacks were a "tragedy, and tragedy sometimes teaches you life", he said. "But it also revisits, and in this case very close to here". "Our thoughts and prayers are with Sabika's family and friends". Her immediate family could not be there with her; relatives are in Pakistan, and the Pakistani Consulate has organized to have her remains returned to her family.

Sylvester Turner, the Mayor of Houston, said that they have to change policies and laws for the protection of schools.

"This nation is known to be safe", he said.

Columbine touched off a national debate over gun control laws, gun culture, and even violence in video games.

"Nothing can prepare a parent for the loss of a child", Abbott told reporters in Santa Fe, located some 50 kilometres southeast of Houston.

Santa Fe students Aaron Kyle McLeod, Kimberly Jessica Vaughan, Chris Stone, Aaron McLeod, Kimberly Vaughan, Shana Fisher, Angelique Ramirez, Christian Garcia and Jared Black; and teacher Glenda Perkins were also killed in Friday's shooting.

"We need to harden the target. We need to get down to one or two entrances into our schools".

She says Tisdale, who was in her 60s, was like a mother to her and helped her shop for wedding dresses a year ago.

"May Allah bless her soul and may she RIP", the statement said. He said Barnes was in stable condition. Her host father Jason Cogburn telling the crowd how much he loved her.

"We are gratified by the public comments made by other Santa Fe High School students that show Dimitri as we know him: a smart, quiet, sweet boy". All the deceased identified as nine students and one tutor.



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