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Exchange student, teacher with ‘lust for life’ among 10 killed in Texas school shooting

Sabika Sheikh, an exchange student from Pakistan, was also a victim, according to the Embassy of Pakistan and the U.S. State Department. She was in the United States on a sponsored youth exchange and study program, a State Department official said.

“We send our deepest condolences to Sabika’s family and friends,” the official said, adding that the U.S. ambassador will be reaching out to the family.

Also killed was student Chris Stone, his first cousin, Michelle Ellerd, told NBC News. She said the family was too exhausted to comment further. Stone’s mother also confirmed that he is deceased.

Exchange student, teacher with ‘lust for life’ among 10 killed in Texas school shooting
Exchange student, teacher with ‘lust for life’ among 10 killed in Texas school shooting

The mother of student Kimberly Jessica Vaughan confirmed to NBC News that her daughter was among those killed in the shooting.

“Folks-call your damn senators. Call your congressmen. We need GUN CONTROL. WE NEED TO PROTECT OUR KIDS. #kimberlyjessica,” Kimberly’s mother Rhonda Hart wrote on Facebook before changing her profile picture to one of her and her daughter.

Student Shana Fisher was also among those killed, family members said.

Reports of an active shooter at Santa Fe High School were made to police just after 7:30 a.m. local time (8:30 a.m. ET), police said. Suspected gunman Dimitrios Pagourtzis, 17, exited an art classroom and surrendered at around 8:02 a.m. local time, police said in court documents.

Police said he gave a statement admitting that he had shot multiple people with the intention of killing them. Pagourtzis is charged with capital murder and aggravated assault against a public servant.

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