(Reuters) – Eight students and two teachers fell victim to gunfire at a high school outside Houston on Friday morning, becoming the latest casualties in a wave of deadly school shootings in the United States in recent years. Among the fatalities at Santa Fe High School were a Pakistani exchange student and a substitute teacher trying to make ends meet for her family.
Here are brief profiles of some of the victims: A 17-year-old Pakistani with a bright smile, Sheikh was proud to be studying in the United States as an exchange student. The experience was organized through YES, a program funded by the U.S. State Department which provides scholarships for students from countries with significant Muslim populations to spend one academic year in the United States.
Her father told reporters in her hometown of Karachi that she was the eldest of four children and due to return to Pakistan next month for Eid al-Fitr, a three day holiday that marks the end of the holy Muslim month of Ramadan. Tisdale was a substitute teacher at Santa Fe High School.
She took on a second job as a server at a local restaurant after she became her family’s sole income earner when her husband was diagnosed with an incurable lung disease, her brother-in-law John Tisdale posted on Facebook. The Tisdales have four children.
Perkins was a substitute teacher known to students and other members of the Santa Fe community as “Grandma Perkins” for her love of spending time with her children, grandchildren and students, according to a local CBS affiliate. Garcia was remembered on Facebook by the Crosby Church pastor who baptized him years earlier. Read more from reuters.com…
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