Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner attended her funeral and remarked on Sheikh’s interest to be a diplomat.
“Even through her death, she will continue to be a diplomat,” Turner said. “Even in her death, she is pulling the relationships between Pakistan and the United States, specifically the Houston area, even closer.”
Sheikh was supposed to return home in three weeks. Her family in Pakistan learned about her death. They were unable to attend the funeral service in Texas, but are planning to have their own service in their hometown of Karachi.
Dimitrios Pagourtzis, 17, allegedly shot and killed eight students and two teachers during a gun rampage at a Houston-area high school.
Police said Pagourtzis confessed to Friday’s killings after he was taken into custody, but authorities have offered no motive yet for the massacre, the fourth-deadliest mass shooting at a U.S. public school in modern history.
Classmates at the school, which has some 1,460 students, described Pagourtzis as a quiet loner who played on the football team. He wore a black trench coat to school in the Texas heat on Friday and opened fire with a pistol and shotgun.