Texas School Shooting: Thousands Attend Funeral for Exchange Student Killed at Santa Fe High School
Sabika Sheikh was one of the 10 people killed Friday morning.
Thousands of people attended Sunday's funeral service for a teenage exchange student who was killed at the Santa Fe High School shooting in Texas.
Sabika Sheikh was one of the 10 people killed when cops say fellow student Dimitrios Pagourtzis opened fire in an art class Friday morning.
Mourners gathered at a Houston-area mosque, where Sheikh's host family spoke during the service, CBS News reports.
"I always told her, 'Sabika, you have a warrior's heart,'" her host mom, Joleen Cogburn, said at the service. "She wanted to be a business woman who wanted to impact the world."
The Sheikh family is Muslim and were breaking fast as part of their observance of the holy week of Ramadan when they learned about the shooting on television.
Sabika's father realized the shooting occurred at his daughter's school and began sending her messages.
She didn't respond.
Her father, Abdul Aziz Sheikh, would soon learn of her death after calling the exchange program.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo sent condolences to her loved ones in a statement Saturday.
"Sabika's death and that of the other victims is heartbreaking and will be mourned deeply both here in the United States, and in Pakistan," Pompeo said.
Sabika's was one of what will be many services held in the wake of the horrific school shooting.
Over the weekend, NFL star J.J. Watt offered to pay for all them.
The Houston Texans defensive tweeted about the "absolutely horrific" tragedy Friday before NFL.com reported Watt then contacted the school and told officials he would cover the funeral expenses.
Pagourtzis, 17, entered Santa Fe High School with a shotgun and .38 revolver and allegedly opened fire during first-period.
Pagourtzis said he did not kill the people he liked because he “wanted his story told,” according to a probable cause affidavit.
He was quickly apprehended by police and is now in jail on capital murder charges.
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