Sajila Gujjar, 18, was a first year university student studying computer science in the Pakistani city of Quetta.
Family and friends described her as talented, intelligent and determined to make a difference.
She was especially popular among younger children in the Faqirabad neighbourhood of the city where she lived – providing them with free after-school tuition classes.
Last Saturday, Sajila left her home in the morning for university.
“It was the last day of her exams and she was looking forward to her summer holidays,” her mother recalls.
It was the last time her mother saw her.
In the afternoon, Sajila’s father Shahjahan Gujjar, received a phone call. A female suicide bomber had been used to target the students on a university bus and 14 young women were dead including his daughter.
The injured were taken to a nearby hospital, and relatives rushed there, so then the hospital was attacked by men with guns. Nurses were killed.
“This was an attack on women’s education because they want to keep us illiterate,” says Sana Bashir, a teenage biotechnology student who narrowly escaped the bombing.
She’s brave though. Appallingly brave.
Established in 2004, Sardar Bahadur Khan Women’s University is the only all-female university in the province of Balochistan.
For some tribal and conservative families in smaller towns, it was seen as the only place to send their daughters for higher education.
The bloodshed on the university campus may well change that now.
Sana feels the attack is a setback for women’s education. But she says it is not going to stop her from going back to her studies.
“We cannot let them achieve their targets [of preventing female education]. No matter what happens, I am determined to continue with my education. We cannot give up our goals we have worked so hard for.”
She shouldn’t have to be brave. It shouldn’t take appalling courage to go to university.