Texas Community Mourns Loved Ones Lost In School Shooting

Leslie Hanson
May 22, 2018

However, the Santa Fe community is putting aside the politics aside and focusing on healing.

Cynthia Tisdale was one of the two teachers who were killed at Santa Fe.

Those attending both events expressed a sense of bewilderment that a place of education for young people had once again been transformed by the kind of carnage that has grown increasingly commonplace in the United States.

Sabika Sheikh was shot and killed Friday morning during a rampage inside her high school.

TRT World's John Brain reports.

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

He said USA authorities should thoroughly investigate the incident, and that he hoped it wouldn't discourage other foreign studying overseas.

"Today, hundreds of people are coming".

"My friend got shot in the art hall", a weeping Santa Fe student, Dakota Shrader, told reporters.

Among the mourners was the late teen's first cousin who lives in the United States.

Manlove said she thinks there should be steps taken to improve security to prevent future shootings. The family showed us the girl's drawings. They're crying every moment. Her son told The Washington Post that she started substitute teaching because she loved to help children. The recent incident that took place in Texas also shows the flawed security system of U.S. education institutions where a 17-year-old can easily carry a revolver on premises without getting noticed.

Jaelyn Cogburn speaks at the funeral of Sabika Sheikh, the 17-year-old Pakistani exchange student killed in the massacre at Santa Fe High School, at Masjid Sabireen mosque in the Houston suburb of Stafford, Texas, May 20, 2018.

Men lined up in rows offered traditional mourning prayers as Sheikh's coffin, draped in the green and white flag of Pakistan, was brought into a small, cramped sanctuary.

Abdul Aziz, right, and relatives pray for Sabika Sheikh in her hometown of Karachi.

One of the students who became a target of "America's gun culture" and lost her life in this tragedy was Sabika Sheikh. "God forbid that could have happened to me when I was here".

Fisher was also gunned down in that art class killed. "But it also revisits, and in this case very close to here".


Sabika's uncle, Ansar Sheikh, described the Texas shooting as an act of terrorism and pleaded with the US government to take action.

"She was so loyal to her faith, her country and she only had good things to say about everybody".

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

This incident gave rise to a student-led movement that demanded stricter gun laws in the US.

Angelique Ramirez was a student at Santa Fe High School.

"We have to arm our teachers".

Family members say a substitute teacher whose passion was her children and grandchildren is among the victims of the shooting at a Texas high school.

"We need to harden the target".

"She is in heaven", Hart said. She's also in stable condition in the operating room.

Pagourtzis is being held on capital murder charges and could face the death penalty.

"She was the lifeline of our family", he said. "We are all there to be her family".

The attack left 10 others injured in what Texas Gov. Greg Abbott described as "one of the most heinous attacks that we've ever seen in the history of Texas schools".

Galveston County Judge Mark Henry, who denied bail to Pagourtzis, noted that the suspect "said in his statement he acted alone".

Tisdale's niece, Leia Olinde, told the Associated Press Tisdale was wonderful and loving. "Officers inside encountered a bloody mess in the school", a law enforcement official told the Houston Chronicle.

Chris Stone, a junior at Santa Fe High School.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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