Here are the names of the 10 victims of the deadly Santa Fe High School mass shooting
Hardworking. Funny. Loving.
Grieving family and friends recalled the endearing qualities of some of the victims of Friday's mass shooting at a Texas high school, as authorities on Saturday released the names of the 10 killed.
Eight of the 10 were students: Kimberly Vaughan, Shana Fisher, Angelique Ramirez, Christian Riley Garcia, Jared Black, Sabika Sheikh, Christopher Jake Stone and Aaron Kyle McLeod. The other two, Glenda Perkins and Cynthia Tisdale, were teachers.
Here are some of the victims' stories:
Stone was among a group of students who blocked the door to try to prevent the gunman from entering their art classroom, freshman Abel San Miguel, who was in the class, told The Associated Press. The shooter fired his shotgun through the door, though, striking Stone in the chest, he said.
Stone was outgoing, "really funny" and had a lot of friends, said Branden Auzston, a 17-year-old junior at Santa Fe High. He said he knew Stone for about three years, and Stone was one of his best friends.
Auzston's mother, Nicole Auzston, described Stone as a part of her family.
"We would have done anything for him," she said. "He's just a great kid."
Robert Stone told the AP by phone Saturday that his family was grieving his nephew's death and requested privacy.
Abdul Aziz Sheikh was expecting his daughter Sabika to return home to Pakistan in a few weeks for Eid al-Fitr, the three-day holiday marking the end of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.
Instead, he learned that his oldest child was among those killed in the mass shooting at Santa Fe High School, where Sabika arrived as an exchange student last August.
Surrounded by mourning friends and family at his home in Karachi on Saturday, Abdul Aziz Sheikh fought back tears as he relived his frantic efforts to check whether his daughter was safe half a world away. She wasn't returning his calls and neither were her friends. He eventually learned from the exchange program that she was among the dead.
"We are still in a state of denial. We can't believe it. It's like a nightmare," Sheikh told The Associated Press.
He said his daughter was a hard-working and accomplished student who aspired to work in civil service, hoping one day to join Pakistan's Foreign Office.
"One should not lose his heart by such kind of incidents," he said. "One should not stop going for education to the U.S. or U.K., or China, or anywhere. One must go for education undeterred. But controlling such incidents is the responsibility of the respective governments."
CYNTHIA TISDALE (Substitute Teacher)
Leia Olinde said Tisdale, her aunt and a substitute teacher at the school, was like a mother to her and helped her shop for wedding dresses last year.
"She helped me put it on, she helped fix my hair," Olinde said through tears.
"She was wonderful. She was just so loving," said Olinde, 25. "I've never met a woman who loved her family so much."
She said Tisdale was married to her husband for close to 40 years and that they had three children and eight grandchildren.
Tisdale's house was the center of family gatherings and she loved cooking Thanksgiving dinner and decorating her house, Olinde said.
Olinde's fiance, Eric Sanders, said of Tisdale that "words don't explain her lust for life and the joy she got from helping people."
AARON KYLE MCLEOD
McLeod, a freshman who went by Kyle, could always be counted on to make light of any situation, said close friend Kali Reeves, who added she wouldn't have been surprised if the 15-year-old "made a joke about getting shot" if he were still alive.
Reeves, 15, said she knew McLeod for years and became close friends with him in the eighth grade. She said he always had a smile on his face and loved to hang out with his friends.
"He was never one to be a sad or down person, he always had to joke or laugh about things," she said. "He was just outgoing and super sweet. He definitely didn't deserve this."
Reeves heard that her friend had been shot as she was evacuating Santa Fe High School. She joked to her boyfriend that if she FaceTimed McLeod, he would have "made a joke about him getting shot," adding that "he just always looked on the bright side of things."
Reeves said she texted McLeod throughout the day to check up on him. She sent him one final text, saying she hopes he "gets better." Shortly after, she checked Facebook and learned he was one of the 10 killed.
ANN PERKINS (Substitute Teacher)
Ann Perkins was a substitute teacher at Santa Fe High School. According to CBS Dallas/Forth Worth Family members considered Perkins" was a beloved teacher and was well-loved in the community."
A woman named Sylvia Pritchett, who identified herself as Angelique Ramirez's aunt on Facebook, posted a message saying that Ramirez died.
KIMBERLY JESSICA VAUGHAN
Kimberly Jessica Vaughan was in her art class Friday morning when she was shot and killed.
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.
Shana Fisher was a Santa Fe High School student. Her mother confirmed her death to the local NBC affiliate KPRC.
In an interview with the Houston Chronicle, Fisher's mother reveled just nine days before she was killed, Shana celebrated her 16th birthday.
JARED BLACK, 17
Jared Black was a student at Santa Fe High School.