Names of Santa Fe Shooting Victims Released

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The name of the people killed in the Santa Fe High School mass shooting have been released.

"Please keep the families in your thoughts as they mourn this tragic loss," Galveston County District Attorney Jack Roady said in releasing the list Saturday afternoon.

Killed were:

--Glenda Perkins, teacher.

--Cynthia Tisdale, teacher.

--Kimberly Vaughan.

--Shana Fisher.

--Angelique Ramirez.

--Christian Riley Garcia.

--Jared Black.

--Sabika Sheikh.

--Christopher Jake Stone.

--Aaron Kyle McLeod.

The shooter killed them -- and injured 13 other people -- using his father's shotgun and .38-caliber revolver.

Additionally, four pipe bombs have been found in around the school, but not were deemed operable.

Local, state and federal officials continue to investigate the massacre as the community mourns with multiple vigils.

The accused killer is Dimitrios "Dimitri" Pagourtzis, a 17-year-old junior and JV football player at the school. He is in custody at the Santa Fe Police Department.

Pagourtzis is charged with capital murder and aggravated assault of a peace officer. At a brief hearing Friday evening, he was denied bond -- and entered a request for a public attorney.

The injured people include a school-based officer who is expected to recover.

Eight students have been released from the hospital. The school officer underwent extensive surgery at UTMB for a gunshot wound to his elbow.

Santa Fe High School and surrounding locations will remain a crime scene for some time. FBI's Houston office and ATF officers in Houston are combining resources to process the scene. 

Gov. Greg Abbott said the teenager's journals, phone and online materials -- which have since been locked down by those who try to Google the suspect -- suggest that Pagourtzis intended to kill people and then commit suicide. Instead, Abbott said, the suspect gave himself up.

Explosive devices found at a home and car about four miles from the school "were believed to be made by the shooter," Abbott said.

As for the national issue of school violence, Abbott spoke to the need for what he called  "strategies to prevent this."

"We need to do more than just pray for victims and their families," he said. "It's time in Texas, that we take action to step up and make sure this tragedy is never repeated ever again in the history of the state of Texas."

Other Republican elected officials followed the governor with condolences and calls to action of their own.

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz said that "we need to do ... everything humanly possible to stop this from ever happening again."

Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick called for action to make sure this "never, ever happens again in Texas." Specifically, Patrick suggested, "had there been one single entrance possibly for every student, maybe he would've been stopped."

He added that at many Texas schools,"there are too many entrances and too many exits."

Here are some of the reactions nationwide to the shooting:

President Donald Trump: “This has been going on too long in our country, too many years, too many decades now. We grieve for the terrible loss of life and send our support to everyone affected by this absolutely horrific attack to the students, families, teachers and personnel. We’re with you in this tragic hour, and will be with you forever."

U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos: "My heart is broken and my prayers are with the students, parents, faculty and first responders at Santa Fe High School. The work of the Federal Commission on School Safety remains urgent. This trend cannot continue. Our nation must come together to keep our students safe."

U.S. Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas: “Our thoughts and prayers are with the families of those injured and killed at Santa Fe School District right outside of Galveston. I did talk to the Deputy Sheriff, in the Sheriff’s Office there to try to offer some assistance and to see if there’s anything we can do to help. But until we know the facts and the circumstances, it’s hard to comment on what happened. And certainly, we all are standing by again and our hearts go out to those who are affected by this terrible tragedy.”

U.S. Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, R-Texas: “This is not normal. This has to stop. This must stop. We now have 10 more souls that have died because as a society we are unable to stem the tide of gun violence. My heart aches and I mourn those whom we lost this morning at Santa Fe High School.”

Texas AFT President Louis Malfaro: “The shooting ... is a horrific and tragic addition to the growing list of school shootings across the nation in which students and teachers have been murdered. It is not enough for elected leaders to simply show up at the site of these catastrophes. Wiping up the blood isn’t enough! What is needed are concrete steps to stop the carnage. That is what is being demanded by students, mothers, fathers, families and educators. The time for mere words is over. Now is the time for action."

The Houston Astros: “The Astros send our thoughts and prayers out to the families and friends of all those affected by the senseless tragedy at Santa Fe High School today. We will hold a moment of silence prior to tonight’s game and fly the Texas flags at Minute Maid Park at half-staff in support and memory of the victims and their families.”


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