SUGARLAND, Texas (FOX 26) - Among peers and those that have heard her story, folks gathered at the ISGH Brand Lane Islamic Center to honor the life of Sabika Sheikh, 17. Sheikh was a foreign exchange student from Pakistan that was studying at Santa Fe High School.
The Cogburn's were her host family. Friday morning the unthinkable happened. A shooting had taken place at Jason Cogburn's daughter Jaelyn's high school, as well as Sheikh's. Eventually Cogburn was able to get a hold of his daughter, but it wasn't until hours later that he had found out that Sheikh was one of the 10 that had been killed. Cogburn immediately called Sheikh's father to tell him what happened.
“I knew I had to make that phone call and all I could think about was his pain and how hard it would be even though she felt like one of my daughters, she wasn’t my daughter, she was his daughter and all I could feel was if someone had to make that phone call to me and how I would feel,” says Cogburn.
Cogburn says Sheikh had been staying with the family for about six months and that she was a huge blessing to be around.
“She was an awesome person. She loved, she laughed, she had a great sense of humor. She was so smart, she was incredibly smart. We had her helping us down at the store and just the way she was to customers, answering the phone and doing what we do and being a part of or family, she just got in so wonderfully,” says Cogburn.
For now the family and community are doing what they can to keep her memory alive.
“We are going to get through this as a family, we understand that when you stay up on the mountain top, you glorify the people of the world. But when you’re in the valleys, and you’re going through things you, you glorify God,” says Cogburn.