School Shooting in America Claims Life of Pakistani Student Among Others

On Friday, 10 people were killed by a teenage classmate in Texas, the latest in a string of mass shooting incidents in USA this year. The teenager gunned down 10 people, mostly students, with his shotgun, before being arrested on murder charges.

One of his victims was Sabika Sheikh a Pakistani student who was part of the Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange and Study (YES) programme. She was due to return home to Pakistan in time for Eid.

The Shooter

The murderer was identified as Dimitrios Pagourtzis, a 17-year old at Santa Fe High School. If convicted, he could face the death penalty under capital murder charges.

Dimitrios Pagourtzis — the suspect in the Santa Fe High School shooting in Santa Fe, Texas, US 

Condolences Pour In

Megan Lysaght, the program manager (Inbound) at American Councils for International Education, was the first to confirm Sabika Sheikh and others.

“It is with [the] greatest sadness in my heart that I need to inform you that one of our YES students, Sabika Sheikh of Pakistan, was killed today in the school shooting in Santa Fe, Texas.

“Please know that the YES program is devastated by this loss and we will remember Sabika and her families in our thoughts and prayers. We will have a moment of silence in her memory today.”

The Pakistan Embassy in Washington DC also confirmed the news. Pakistan’s ambassador to the US, Aizaz Ahmed Chaudhry, expressed his sadness. He mentioned that the embassy is assisting Sabika’s family and making arrangements to send her body to Pakistan as soon as possible.

About Sabika Sheikh

Sabika Sheikh, who hailed from Karachi, was the eldest of three siblings in her family. She was part of the YES program since August 2017 and was going to return home next month.

Following this tragedy, her father spoke to the media. He mentioned that she was always top of her class and obedient.

“It is still so very hard to believe that [Sabika is dead].”

Her family is devastated by the loss, and many social media users in Pakistan and elsewhere feel the same way as well.

President Trump also tweeted his condemnation regarding the incident, though given his track record, it remains to be seen how sincere his words actually are:

As long as it is easy to buy guns in America, tragic incidents such as the one that claimed poor Sabika Sheikh’s life will continue to be the norm rather than the exception.


  • Adnan

    What American does for this Pakistani Student ?
    Give her handsome amount due to death to her family ?
    Giver her sibling admission with full accommodation supporting ?
    Any American can say Sorry for this accident ?
    Any Media can say that America Place is not safe ?
    No :

    Reverse it : If American does death in Pakistan then Pakistan will be in Black List.

    RIP
    Truth Silence

    • Saitama

      I don’t think Pakistani’s should always expect handouts. This was an unfortunate incident but the quality of life is far better and far safer in the States than in Pakistan despite these rate shootings.

      • C

        Rare shootings? I don’t know what kind of alternate reality you’re living in but America is the only country in the world where school shootings happen regularly and repeatedly.

        I agree with you that the quality of life is better and people are generally far safer in the States than they are in Pakistan, but school shootings are something that America desperately needs to deal with. They’re not rare by any means. Wikipedia has a whole page dedicated to school shootings in America and guess what? There have been 21 school shootings so far in 2018 alone. Given that we’re not even halfway through the year, that number is astounding. Even Pakistani schools are safer in comparison.

        • Ex Pakistani thankfully

          Yeah, Pakistani schools are safer (read APS, Malala, etc). Get off the weed.

          • C

            Malala wasn’t shot in a school, you knucklehead. APS was state sponsored terrorism by India, not a school shooting. Both of those incidents were terrorism, not school shootings. How many school shootings has Pakistan had in 2018?

            Don’t stress your two brain cells about this sort of stuff.

          • C

            If you can’t differentiate between organized acts of terrorism and school shootings, you should take off those hate glasses of yours and stop doing meth.

            • Pakistani

              These two (ex-Pakistani thankfully and Saitama) are part of Modi’s Indian social-media team paid by RAW. (and yes i know Saitama is in Japan).

              I have been tracking them and following them, and they spew anti-Pakistani hatred across Pro-Pakistani columns — Aamir Ataa track the IP and block the entire domain.

  • ???

    what an irony , look how they promoted malala and now no one says a word about this girl

    • Ex Pakistani thankfully

      It was a random shooting which happened to kill a Pakistani student. What do you expect? Entire USA to bow down before Pakistan? Mourn the dead and condemn the loss of lives be it Pakistani or anyone else. Stop this ridiculous attitude.

      • C

        Mate, sincerely [email protected] right off. This stuff happens regularly in America and Americans have done absolutely nothing about it. THAT is why an innocent Pakistani is dead. Your bias is apparent and it’s clear as day that you have your head shoved where the sun doesn’t shine.

  • Khalid Yaldram

    سال 2018ء میں اب تک 22 امریکی اسکولوں میں فائرنگ کے واقعات ہوچکے ہیں جن میں زیادہ تر قاتل نوجوان اور طالب علم نکلے ہیں۔

    • C

      Exactly. Tell that to the a$$hat “Ex Pakistani thankfully”. What do you have to say about this, mate?

  • Khalid Yaldram

    Killing students is American culture
    search “List_of_school_shootings_in_the_United_States”