Thousands Gather To Honor Sabika Sheikh

Thousands Gather To Honor Sabika Sheikh


By M.R.

Sabika Sheikh, an exchange student from Pakistan studying in the US through a program funded by the State Department was killed in a school shooting at Santa Fe, Texas on Friday, 18th May.

Houston’s Muslim community gathered at an Islamic Center in Texas to honour the 17 year old killed in a mass shooting.

Members of the community pray during a funeral prayer service for Sabika Sheikh at the Brand Lane Islamic Center in Stafford, Texas, US, May 20, 2018. REUTERS/Jonathan Bachma

The funeral service was fully packed with people of Texas including officials of the Pakistani Consulate in Houston, local members of the United States Congress, members of the Pakistani diaspora and students of Santa Fe High School.

The coffin of Santa Fe High School shooting victim Sabika Sheikh, 17, is carried during her funeral service in Stafford, Texas, on May, 20, 2018. PHOTO: AFP

The young woman, with a bright future ahead of herself, was described by her family as an excellent student who had dreamed of working for Pakistan’s Foreign Affairs Ministry later in her life.

She was due to return to Karachi just in time for Eid Ul Fitr after spending the holy month of Ramadan in the United States.

Mayor of Houston, Sylvester Turner, tweeted, “She’s a child of the Sheikh family but she is also one of our children, including all who lost their lives.”

Congressman AL Green presented the US flag as a mark of honor for Sabika and her family from the US House of Representatives.

Towards the end of the funeral service, Turner said, “At the end of the day, we are all one. We may be of different faiths and nationalities, but we all bleed the same color. We all bleed red.”

The body was originally slated for arrival in Karachi early Tuesday morning via a foreign airline, but bad weather conditions have forced a delay of two hours at the Houston airport.