Ten people died and at least another 10 were wounded when a gunman allegedly opened fire on an art class at Santa Fe High School in Texas on Friday, authorities said.
The suspected shooter has been identified as Dimitrios Pagourtzis, a 17-year-old student at the school. He turned himself over to authorities, according to Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, and is being held at Galveston County Jail on capital murder charges.
Santa Fe Independent School District Superintendent Leigh Wall wrote in a letter to parents that eight students and two teachers were killed in the attack. Here’s what we know so far about some of the victims.
“It is with great sadness that we can confirm Sabika Sheikh was killed [Friday] in the shooting at Santa Fe High School in Texas,” a State Department official told TIME. “Sabika was in the United States on the State Department-sponsored Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange and Study (YES) program. We send our deepest condolences to Sabika’s family and friends. [U.S. Ambassador to Pakistan] Hale is reaching out to the family.”
Sheikh was due home in about three weeks to celebrate the holiday that marks the end of Ramadan, her father reportedly told the Associated Press.
Family members of Tisdale, a substitute teacher at the school, confirmed that she was among those killed in the attack, the AP reports. Tisdale, a mother of three and grandmother of eight, was married to her husband for close to 40 years, the AP reports.
Tisdale’s niece’s fiancé told the AP that, “Words don’t explain her lust for life and the joy she got from helping people.”
Fisher, a student at Santa Fe High School, was in the school’s art room during the shooting, according to a tweet posted by her aunt, Candi Thurman. Fisher, who had just turned 16, “loved life and her dog Kallie,” her mother told the Houston Chronicle. “She had a lot of love in her heart.”
“With a broken heart and a soul that just can’t process all this right now, I have to announce my niece was one of the fatalities,” Ramirez’ aunt, Sylvia Pritchett, posted on Facebook. Ramirez’ friends and family described her as a “compassionate and funny,” and “a loving older sister with a contagious smile,” the New York Times reports.
Vaughan was in her first-period art class when the shooting began, her mother, Rhonda Hart, wrote on Facebook, the New York Times reports. In a separate post, Hart called for better gun control and urged her followers to call their senators.
Stone, who had two older sisters, was a devoted sibling, his father, also named Christopher, told the New York Times. “Being a brother was his best job,” his father said. “He was always there if someone needed someone to listen or some cheering up.”
The 17-year-old played on Santa Fe’s football team, Buzzfeed News reports. A friend described him to Buzzfeed as a “nice, outgoing kid” who would “do anything for anyone.”
Another friend told Buzzfeed that, “Everybody loved him. There’s nothing bad you can say about Chris.”
Black, who had just turned 17 two days before the shooting, was planning on celebrating his birthday that weekend.
“Our hearts are so sad,” said Elizabeth McGinnis, a friend of the family who waited with Black’s father and brother in California to hear if Jared was among the shooting victims. McGinnis set up a GoFundMe page to help the family travel from California to Texas to attend Jared’s funeral.
“Bobby, Jared’s Dad, sat in misery for 13 hours not knowing if he was one of the victims Then he got the devastating news,” she wrote.
Aaron Kyle McLeod
Aaron Kyle McLeod, a freshman who went by Kyle, could always be counted on to make light of any situation, according to his close friend since the eighth grade, Kali Reeves.
Reeves said McLeod, 15, always had a smile on his face and loved to hang out with his friends.
“He was never one to be a sad or down person, he always had to joke or laugh about things,” she said. “He was just outgoing and super sweet. He definitely didn’t deserve this.”
Christian Riley Garcia
Christian Riley Garcia’s last moments were spent barricading a door to protect his fellow students from harm, according to his aunt, Sarah Saunders, who spoke to WCNC.
“He laid down his life so others could have a chance,” Saunders said of her nephew, who reportedly hoped to enlist in the military.
“He had the biggest heart and the biggest chunk of ours feels to have left with him,” she said.
Glenda Perkins was a longtime substitute teacher at Santa Fe High School, where her grandchildren were also students.
Known by her middle name, Ann, Perkins always had a smile for students and took the time to learn their names, junior Jay Mann told the Houston Chronicle.
Sophomore baseball player Rome Shubert was among the wounded, according to a tweet he posted Friday. Shubert wrote that he was shot in the back of the head, but was “completely okay” and in stable condition. KHOU 11 reporter Levi Ismail added in a separate tweet that Shubert was released from the hospital after only around four hours.
Barnes, a retired Houston police officer and Santa Fe school resource officer, was reportedly shot in the arm while trying to apprehend the gunman. The University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston initially said Barnes was in critical condition, but Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo later told KHOU 11 that Barnes is “hanging in there.”
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