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UPDATE: Student Killed In Santa Fe School Shooting Remembered At Funeral

“I know some have strong feelings about gun rights, but I want you to know I’ve hit rock bottom and I am not interested in your views as it pertains to this issue,” Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo said in his Facebook account

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The Islamic Society of Greater Houston is holding a funeral for Sabika Sheikh.

Hundreds are paying their respects at a packed Houston-area mosque in the first funeral for a victim of a school shooting that killed 10.

An overflow crowd sat in folding chairs in a breezeway outside the main area of worship at Brand Lane Islamic Center in Stafford, Texas, to watch Sunday’s service for Pakistani exchange student Sabika Sheikh on TV monitors. Sheikh was one of eight students slain Friday at Santa Fe High School outside Houston. Two teachers were also killed.

Islamic Society of Greater Houston imam Tauqir Shah said a prayer before Sheikh’s body was carried in a casket wrapped in a Pakistani flag to a hearse. Her body is expected to be returned to her family in Karachi.

Abdul Aziz Sheikh told The Associated Press he had been expecting his daughter to return home in a few weeks at the end of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.

WATCH: Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo said in his Facebook account it’s time to do something different to address gun violence in America.


The National Rifle Association’s incoming president is blaming the latest deadly school shooting on youngsters “steeped in a culture of violence.”

Retired Lt. Col. Oliver North tells “Fox News Sunday” that authorities are trying “like the dickens” to treat symptoms instead of going after the disease.

He said the disease isn’t the Second Amendment and that depriving law-abiding citizens of their constitutional right to have a firearm won’t stop shootings like Friday’s near Houston that left 10 people dead.

North identifies the “disease” as youngsters growing up in a culture where violence is commonplace.


Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has arrived at Arcadia First Baptist Church in Santa Fe, where he hugged grieving parishioners reeling two days after a teenage gunman killed 10 people in his high school.

Monica Bracknell, an 18-year-old senior who survived the shooting, told the governor Sunday morning that she doesn’t think the shooting should be turned into a political battle over gun control.

The teenager was surrounded by dozens of television cameras, photographers and reporters, as she shook her governor’s hand and said she didn’t believe guns were to blame for the shooting she survived.

She arrived at church a day after returning to her school to collect belongings left behind in the chaos of the shooting. She said she and her classmates are “shaken up” but coping.

The governor spoke privately to worshippers as they arrived but did not speak to the media.

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