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Sabika Aziz Sheikh

Age 17

Santa Fe, Texas

An unexpected one-way flight to America

She couldn’t believe her luck when she was accepted to a student exchange program in the U.S. “I was squealing, jumping like a madman,” she said. “It was the best moment of my life.”


As a youth ambassador and hopeful diplomat, she wanted to change the Islamophobic culture in America by showing people her religion is nonviolent. She was a sister to four siblings, and “one of the most precious gifts” to her host family.

Sabika Aziz Sheikh, 17, was fatally shot at Santa Fe High School in Texas on May 18, 2018, 19 days before her return to Karachi, Pakistan.

By Madeline Levin · Age 15
Meet the Reporters

More than 300 siblings

Ramand Kassadine Davis

Happy in his SpongeBob SquarePants jammies

Yaleah Hall

Sister, daughter, dancer, since day one

Elisha Amon Cole

Dreaming big, working on his portfolio

Lia Lin Collier

A light, “unrelenting joy” extinguished

Peyton Nicole Hurt

Still helping others, even in death

Ryan Amadeo Dela Cruz

Gone, two weeks shy of graduation

Rashaad Izil Wisher

One brother buried. Then another one.

Izabella Marie Helem

Brother shoots his sister by accident

Raydale Hill

Can no longer create his music

Jaquincy Jawan Ross

Wanted to buy her a scooter

Lorenzo Moore-Vaughn

About to start his senior year

Elijah Foster

Dope Boy Gang. One less member.

Kameron Johnson

He dreamed of college and cars

Jeremiah Ascencio

Last moments spent cradling his brother

Shondricka J'Nay Adams

Celebrating one night, gone the next

Ty'Dre Shyheim Hailey

She didn’t know it was real

Jayden Fondeur

His older brother found him first

Jontae Billups-Brooks

An athlete and a music lover

Rashiya Melton

Joins brother, leaves behind her twin

Caydence Nicole Painter

Reading, dancing, playing. Siblings shot together.