- Stories about the eight students and two teachers who were killed in a mass shooting in Santa Fe, Texas, are beginning to emerge.
- The massacre unfolded early Friday morning at Santa Fe High School, where a gunman opened fire inside an art class. In addition to the 10 people killed, another 10 people were injured.
- There have been hundreds of school shootings in the US this year, and Friday’s shooting was the 101st mass shooting overall in 2018 alone.
It will take some time for authorities to officially confirm the victims’ identities, and for families to share details about their loved ones. We will update this post as we learn more.Click here to refresh for the latest.
Here are the 10 victims’ names and what we know about them so far:
Sabika Sheikh, 18
Sabika Sheikh was a Pakistani exchange student who took part in the Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange and Study (YES) program.
Congress established YES in 2002. The program provides scholarships to high school students from countries with populations that are majority Muslim.
Sheikh’s father, Abdul Aziz Sheikh, said he believed his daughter would be safe in the US. She was set to return home in several weeks for for Eid al-Fitr, a three-day holiday marking the end of Ramadan.
“We are still in a state of denial. We can’t believe it. It’s like a nightmare,” he said. “There is a general impression here that the life is safe and secure in America, but this is not the case. I have noted the number of attacks carried out this year (in American schools). But here there was no incident expect for one, at an army school. But in America they are rampant.”
The Pakistan Embassy in Washington, DC, commented on Sheikh’s death on Friday afternoon:
“Ambassador Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhry has expressed heartfelt condolences for the victims of the tragic incident at the Santa Fe High School in Texas this morning. Among the victims was Sabika Sheikh, a Pakistani exchange student. “Our thoughts and prayers are with Sabika’s family and friends”. Ambassador Chaudhry. Our Consul General in Houston is in touch with the authorities concerned to ascertain facts”
Chris Stone, a junior at Santa Fe High School
Chris Stone was a junior at Santa Fe High School. His family had been searching local hospitals for him shortly after the shooting on Friday.
Ann Perkins, a substitute teacher at Santa Fe High School
Ann Perkins was a substitute teacher at Santa Fe High School. A local gymnastics club where her daughter is a member posted the announcement on its Facebook page on Friday.
Ann Perkins was a beloved teacher, family friend, & woman. She enjoyed spending time with her children, grandchildren, & students. She lived an impeccable life filled with traveling, love, family, & a bit of champagne. Rest easy our beautiful nurturing angel. I love you. ????☀️ pic.twitter.com/E4F1ss1hQb
— ???? (@lemonylyd) May 18, 2018
Sylvia Pritchett, who identified herself as Angelique Ramirez’s aunt on Facebook, posted a message earlier Friday, saying that authorities told her family Ramirez had been shot in the leg. She posted an update later announcing Ramirez had died.
Cynthia Tisdale was also a substitute teacher at Santa Fe High School. Her brother-in-law, John, posted an update on Facebook, confirmed her death Friday.
Aaron Kyle McLeod
Aaron Kyle McLeod was a student at Santa Fe High School. His family confirmed to the local ABC News affiliate KTRK that he was among the dead on Friday.
Kimberly Jessica Vaughan
Kimberly Jessica Vaughan was a student at Santa Fe High School. She was in art class at the time of the shooting on Friday. Her mother initially wrote online that she was having trouble locating her. She later confirmed to ABC News that her daughter was among those who died.
Source: ABC News
Jared Conard Black, 17
Jared Conard Black was a student at the Santa Fe High School. His family confirmed to KTRK that he was among the dead on Friday, and his uncle told the station that Black had just turned 17 two days before the shooting.
Shana Fisher was a Santa Fe High School student. Her mother confirmed her death to the local NBC affiliate KPRC.
Christian Riley Garcia, 15
Christian Riley Garcia, 15, was a student at Santa Fe High School. His pastor confirmed his death in a statement posted to the Crosby Church’s Facebook page.
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