WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- Eight students and two teachers were killed at Santa Fe High School in Texas when one student opened fire on an art class Friday.
- It was the deadliest school shooting since the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School massacre in February where 17 students and teachers died.
- The names of the victims of the massacre have been released by officials.
The Galveston County medical examiner and the sheriff named the victims of the Santa Fe school shooting. Those killed were: Jared Black, Shana Fisher, Christian Riley Garcia, Aaron Kyle McLeod, Glenda Perkins, Angelique Ramirez, Sabika Sheikh, Christopher Jake Stone, Cynthia Tisdale and Kimberly Vaughan.
Two of them, Perkins and Tisdale, were teachers while the other eight were students. At least 10 others were injured.
On Friday, hundreds of residents gathered for a prayer vigil a few miles from the school. Students were already anticipating graduation and summer break but were left to prepare to bury their schoolmates. NFL star JJ Watt of the Houston Texans reportedly offered to pay for the funerals.
Cong. Randy Weber (R-TX) stressed that the community was still recovering from last year’s Hurricane Harvey.
“Santa Fe is what I call a salt of the earth community,” Weber said. “We will once again laugh. It’ll be a while but we’ll get through this.”
The shooting suspect, 17-year old Dimitrios Pagourtzis was charged with capital murder. He is in custody and has requested a court-appointed attorney. If charged, he faces life imprisonment. In 2005, the US Supreme Court decided that “it is unconstitutional to execute people for crimes committed under the age of 18.”
The Pagourtzis’s family said they were “as shocked and confused as anyone else.”
“What we have learned from media reports seems incompatible with the boy we love,” the family said in a statement issued on Saturday.
The suspect played on the defensive line for the junior varsity football team.
“I would never have expected it to be him,” Ashton Wardrup, 16, Pagourtzis’s teammate said.
“When I heard that the name was Dimitrios I was trying to find a different one because he was one of our football players. He was always after school working hard, he was always there, you’d always see him,” Wardrup told The Guardian in disbelief.
“[Pagourtzis] never came across as disturbed or anything like that,” Kaleb Wisko, 17, another teammate said. “He always seemed normal, friendly for the most part … he just practiced with us just like any other teammate.”
The Pagourtzis family said they were “gratified by the public comments made by other Santa Fe High School students that show Dimitri as we know him: a smart, quiet, sweet boy”.
Source: The Guardian