Body of Pakistani exchange student killed in Texas school shooting returns home Featured

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The body of Sabika Sheikh, the Pakistani exchange student who was killed in a mass shooting at Santa Fe High School, was returned to the city of Karachi Wednesday morning.

Sheikh, 17, was one of 10 people who were fatally wounded when a gunman opened fire at the Texas school on Friday.

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The foreign exchange student had been attending classes at the school, southeast of Houston, since August, and said that getting accepted into a U.S. program to study was the best thing that ever happened to her.

Funeral prayers are offered for Pakistani exchange student Sabika Sheikh, who was killed in the Santa Fe High School shooting, during a service at the Brand Lane Islamic Center Sunday, May 20, 2018, in Stafford, Texas. A gunman opened fire inside Santa Fe High School Friday, May 18, 2018, killing 10 people. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

She was supposed to return home to Pakistan in three weeks, by Eid al-Fitr, a three-day holiday that marks the end of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.

Sheikh's funeral took place at a mosque Sunday afternoon to overflowing crowds. Her host family said their time with her was "such a precious gift."

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The honor student's father, Abdul Aziz Sheikh, told The Associated Press in the wake of her death that her family is "still in a state of denial. We can't believe it. It's like a nightmare."

Abdul Aziz Sheikh, center, father of Sabika Sheikh, a victim of a shooting at a Texas high school, shows a picture of his daughter in Karachi, Pakistan, Saturday, May 19, 2018. The Pakistani foreign exchange student is among those killed in the shooting, according to a leader at a program for foreign exchange students and the Pakistani Embassy in Washington, D.C. Megan Lysaght, manager of the Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange & Study Abroad program (YES), sent a letter to students in the program confirming that Sabika Sheikh was killed in the shooting. (AP Photo/Fareed Khan)

But, he said, “One should not lose his heart by such kind of incidents. One should not stop going for education to the U.S. or U.K., or China, or anywhere. One must go for education undeterred." The father added that "controlling such incidents is the responsibility of the respective governments.”

Sheikh, the oldest of three sisters, "[was loved] and she loved everyone," her brother told Pakistan's Geo News. "She was all ready to return home."

Fox News' Frank Miles and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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