One girl who was planning to come home to her family to celebrate Eid Al-Fitr. Two mentors who wanted to continue impacting the lives of students. One selfless hero trying to save his peers from the shooter. Eight students who wanted to pursue their passion for art. And ten lives lost in this unfortunate tragedy. Lost in their very own Santa Fe High School. Remembering and honoring the ten victims of the shooting.
Honoring the Ten Victims of the Santa Fe Shooting
Aaron Kyle McLeod, 15
He was a very bright student who loved learning history and biology. Additionally, his hobbies included playing tennis, watching movies, and playing on his Playstation. According to his friends, he was an outgoing person and always had a smile on his face.
Angelique Ramirez, 15
She loved expressing a unique style through her hairstyles and sense of fashion. Furthermore, she was an active member of the Youth Ministry of Dayspring Chruch. On her Memorial Fund description, it mentions “A rising star, a beautiful young lady, and most of all, our loved one”.
Kimberly Vaughan, 14
She was an active Girl Scout, Harry Potter fan, and a former Alaskan living in Texas. For her Gold Star project, she wanted to help parents of young kids with speech or hearing problems through an American Sign Language (ASL) course. Her mother, Rhonda Hart claims that she taught her daughter signs to communicate. The words “I love you” along with the ASL sign for love were the last words conveyed to her daughter.
Cynthia Tisdale, 63
She was a substitute teacher who loved to help children. As a mother of four herself, she was also a member of Anchor Bible Baptist Church in Pharr, Texas. Her son, Recie Tisdale told the Washington Post that his mother “started substitute teaching because she loved to help children”.
Sabika Sheikh, 17
As an exchange student of the Youth Exchange & Study (YES) Programme, she loved to read and learn, especially the subject US History. Moreover, she planned to fly back to Pakistan to come home and spend Eid al-Fitr with her family. David Hale, the US ambassador to Pakistan tweeted upon her death. The statements read, “Sabika was a youth ambassador, a bridge between our people and cultures. All of us at the US Mission in Pakistan are devastated by and mourn her loss. We will honor her memory.”
Chris Stone, 17
He possessed an adventurous personality, and this willingness to try anything. In addition, his hobbies included playing football and video games. His sister, Mercedez Stone says that “He was always there if someone needed someone to listen or some cheering up.”
Jared Black, 17
This junior turned 17 three days before the shooting. There was a birthday party scheduled for him the following Saturday. He enjoyed playing on the Xbox and drawing. He was in his favorite art class when the gunman opened fire.
Shana Fisher, 16
She was a shy and sweet girl who loved flowers, cats, and her dog Kallie. In a Facebook tribute, her aunt wrote “She should be worrying about getting her driver’s license, making plans for summer break, maybe start thinking junior year and making plans for college and what she wants be when she grows up”.
Glenda Ann Perkins, 64
She was a popular substitute teacher at Santa Fe High School. Described as positive and loving, she treated all of her students kindly. Student Audrey Auzston wrote, “She was very sweet to everyone and didn’t deserve the tragedy, much like all other victims.”
Christian Riley Garcia, 15
While selflessly trying to block an art classroom door to prevent the death of his classmates, Garcia was shot. His hobbies included playing football, and being outdoors. “That’s not what’s supposed to happen to a 15-year-old’s life that he has to make those decisions.” But he made them without even thinking about it, because it was his heart. This is who he was as an individual.”, says Pastor Keenan Smith who baptized Riley.