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Family and community mourn programming prodigy who was named Microsoft Certified Professional at 9

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Relatives of Arfa Karim Randhawa, a 16-year-old girl from Pakistan who made international headlines as a 9-year-old when she became the youngest person in the world to be named a Microsoft Certified Professional - a designation for independent experts in Microsoft technologies, attend her funeral in Faisalabad, Pakistan, Jan. 15. Reports state that Arfa Karim died on Jan. 14 after remaining in the hospital for 26 days following an epileptic attack.

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Arfa Karim Randhawa

Todd Bishop of Geek Wire interviewed Arfa Karim Randhawa:

Arfa at 10 years old had also settled on her philosophy of life, and committed it to memory. She told me about it after our interview, when she was having her picture taken outside, so I turned my recorder back on and asked her to repeat it for me on tape. 

"If you want to do something big in your life, you must remember that shyness is only the mind," she said. "If you think shy, you act shy. If you think confident you act confident. Therefore never let shyness conquer your mind."

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Amjad Karim Randhawa, center, father of Arfa Karim Randhawa, comforts his relatives during her funeral in Faisalabad, Pakistan, Jan. 15.