Pompeo offers condolences for Pakistani exchange student killed in Texas shooting

Pompeo offers condolences for Pakistani exchange student killed in Texas shooting
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Secretary of State Mike PompeoMichael (Mike) Richard PompeoSenate Dems press for info on any deals from Trump-Putin meeting Pence, Pompeo urged Trump to clarify Russia remarks: report Senate weighs new Russia response amid Trump backlash MORE on Saturday offered his condolences to the family of a Pakistani exchange student who was killed in a shooting at a Texas high school the previous day.

“I send my deepest condolences to the family and friends of Sabika Sheikh, who was killed in the tragic shooting at Santa Fe High School in Texas, yesterday,” Pompeo said in a statement.

“Sabika’s death and that of the other victims is heartbreaking and will be mourned deeply both here in the United States, and in Pakistan,” Pompeo said.

Sheikh was among the 10 people killed on Friday after a gunman opened fire at the Texas high school. Another 10 people were wounded.

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Officials said that Sheikh was in the U.S. as part of the State Department-sponsored Youth Exchange and Study program, which provides scholarships for students from countries with significant Muslim populations to spend an academic year in the U.S.

Authorities have identified 17-year-old Dimitrios Pagourtzis, a student at the school, as the suspected shooter. He is currently being held in the Galveston County jail with no bond on charges of capital murder and aggravated assault of a police officer.

President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump says he doesn't want to use 'adversary' to describe Russia Comey urges Americans to vote for Democrats in midterms Roby wins Alabama GOP runoff, overcoming blowback from Trump criticism MORE also addressed the shooting on Friday, telling reporters at the White House that it was “absolutely horrific.”

“This has been going on too long in our country, too many years, too many decades now,” he said.