Santa Fe Mourns

The greater Houston area is mourning the loss of ten people killed in Friday’s mass shooting at Santa Fe High School.

17-year old Dimitrios Pagourtzis is being held in solitary confinement and has been denied bond after surrendering to authorities.

Investigators say explosive devices found at a nearby home and in a car are also tied to the shooter. 

Pagourtzis is charged with capital murder after allegedly using his father’s shotgun and a revolved to open fire on classmates.  One teacher is among the dead.  Ten others were also wounded, including a school police officer who was shot in the arm.

Because he is a minor, Pagourtzis is not eligible for the death penalty if convicted.

Investigators have offered no motive for the attack, but say his journals indicate he planned to kill himself as part of the massacre.

It’s the deadliest attack in the nation since the Parkland, Florida shooting on February 14th, which led to nationwide demonstrations over gun control.

The Santa Fe ISD released a statement saying all campuses would be closed early next week:

"The Santa Fe Independent School District is committed to ensuring that all of our students and staff receive the care and support they need during this tragic time."All schools in Santa Fe ISD will be closed on Monday, May 21st, and Tuesday, May 22, 2018. We will update you as soon as a plan for returning to school is finalized."We know that our students and staff are going to need counseling to help them grieve. They also are going to need an outlet to share their fears and concerns. We will have additional school counselors and other support resources available to our SFISD students and staff. We will send additional information soon. Parents, please do not hesitate to ask for help if you notice a change in your child’s typical demeanor."In the meantime, please continue to pray for our SFISD community as we grieve."

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