The Youth Exchange and Study (YES) program provides scholarships for students from countries with significant Muslim populations to spend an academic year in the United States. Participants generally live with American families.
The father, businessman Abdul Aziz Sheikh, said he learned of the shooting at Santa Fe High School in Texas when he turned on the TV after breaking his Ramadan fast.
Sabika Sheikh was among 10 students and staff slain Friday at Santa Fe High School. The alleged shooter is 17-year-old Dimitrios Pagourtzis, who is being held on capital murder charges.
Funeral for Pakistani student killed in Texas
Thousands of people in Karachi attended the funeral on Wednesday for a 17-year-old Pakistani exchange student who was killed in a mass shooting at a Texas high school.