News Update!!: Santa Fe, TX: Remembering the victims of the deadly shooting at Santa Fe High School.
Authorities have released the names of the victims in the deadly shooting at Santa Fe High School in Santa Fe, Texas that occurred on Friday, May 18th, 2018.
**** Remembering the Victims: ****
- Christian Riley Garcia
- 15 Years Old
Friends and family said Christian Riley Garcia was always happy and a very sweet person who wanted hoped to enlist in the military because he felt it was his calling to serve others.
According to Sarah Saunders, his aunt, “laid down his life so others could have a chance.”
Student Jai Gillard said after hearing gunshots, she, Christian, and other students piled into a closet.
According to Jai Gillard, Christian Riley Garcia used his body as a barricade against the closet door to keep the shooter from entering.
Pastor Keenan Smith said law enforcement told Christian Riley Garcia’s parents that he was shot through the door he was guarding.
According to Pastor Keenan Smith, because of Christian Riley Garcia’s sacrifice, others were saved.
- Chris Stone
Friends and family said Chris Stone played football for the Santa Fe Indians.
According to Angelica Stone, his sister, “He was so gentle, anyone that knew him was touched by him. And I just don’t think he deserved anything that happened to him, but we know he is still with us. And he will always be in our hearts.”
- Sabika Sheikh
- 18 Years Old
Sabika Sheikh was an exchange student who had been in Santa Fe, Texas since August 2017.
Her father, Pakistani businessman Abdul Aziz Sheikh, said he learned of the tragedy unfolding at Santa Fe High School when he turned on the television after iftar, the fast-breaking meal during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.
Sabika Sheikh’s family told the BBC News she wanted to become a diplomat.
Realizing it was the school Sabika attended, he flipped through channels trying to learn more and left her messages. But she didn’t reply.
Sabika Sheikh’s father told The Associated Press that Sabika Sheikh was due home in about 3 weeks for the holiday marking the end of Ramadan.
Hundreds of people, including several dignitaries, attended her funeral in her hometown of Karachi, Pakistan.
- Angelique Ramirez
- 15 Years Old
Family members said Angelique Ramirez was a strong teenager who watched over her younger brother.
The family of Angelique Ramirez said she was busting at the seams with energy and laughter, and was creative beyond belief and was a staple in her family.
The pastor at her family’s church described Angelique Ramirez as a sweet young lady, had a style all of her own.
- Shana Fisher
- 16 Years Old
Relatives say Shana Fisher is being remembered as a shy and sweet person with a passion for video games, anime and her dog.
** Pictured Above: Kim Vaughan (Left) with her mom Rhonda Hart (Right): **
- Kimberly Jessica Vaughan
Kimberly Jessica Vaughan was a Girl Scout with a penchant for red hair dye.
Her mother, Rhonda Hart, announced on Facebook that her daughter was one of the children who did not make it, saying “She is in heaven, I am heartbroken.”
Rhonda Hart said one way to honor Kimberly Jessica Vaughan would be to apply some red hair dye because she “loved those colors in her hair.”
- Aaron Kyle McLeod
- 15 Years Old
Friends of Aaron Kyle McLeod say he always had a smile on his face, loved to hang out with his friends, and always had to joke or laugh about things.
- Jared Black
- 17 Years Old
The family said Jared Black was a giant kid at heart who loved video games, wrestling, and loved to draw his own artwork.
Jared Black just turned 17 years old just 2 days before the deadly shooting.
His stepfather said the family was planning a birthday party that weekend and had bought an above-ground pool for the celebration.
An older brother from Odessa, Texas, was planning to visit with his wife and kids.
Jared’s father in California waited 13 hours before learning his son had been killed in the deadly shooting.
** Pictured Above: Cynthia Tisdale (Left) with her husband, William. Cynthia (Right): **
- Cynthia Tisdale
Friends, family, and students say Cynthia Tisdale will be remembered for her lust for life and the joy she got from helping people.
Cynthia Tisdale was substitute teacher whose passion was her children and grandchildren.
Tisdale’s oldest son, Recie Williams, said his parents had been married for 46 years and had three children and 11 grandchildren.
His father, William Tisdale, has a life-threatening illness so his mother spent much of her time caring for him.
“Since my brother has been very ill the last couple of years, she was a very excellent caregiver and she worked two jobs for extra income to help. She worked at the school and a second job as a server at night at an Italian restaurant chain,” Brother-in-law John Tisdale told The Monitor newspaper.
Niece Leia Olinde said Cynthia Tisdale was like a mother to her and helped her shop for wedding dresses last year.
- Ann Perkins:
Friends, family, and students say Ann Perkins was a beloved teacher who lived an impeccable life filled with traveling, love, and family.
Ann Perkins was a member of an all-female Galveston Mardi Gras krewe called Tutu Live Krewe.
Ann Perkins had been a substitute teacher for years at Santa Fe High School, where her grandchildren are students.
A friend called Ann Perkins a beloved teacher and nurturing angel who enjoyed spending time with her children, grandchildren and students.
** ZachNews sends our thoughts, prayers, and condolences to the family and friends of the victims in the deadly shooting at Santa Fe High School. **