Santa Fe, Texas, USA: These are the victims of the shooting, Friday, at Santa Fe High School, southeast of Houston, in which Texas Governor Greg Abbott said that “As of this time, there have been 10 lives lost”
Sabika Sheikh is one of the victims of the Santa Fe High School shooting. She was a Pakistani exchange student and was supposed to go back home on June 8th.
The Pakistani Embassy in Washington, DC, confirmed on Twitter that Sheikh was among the victims.
“Our thoughts and prayers are with Sabika’s family and friends”. Pakistani Ambassador to the US Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhry said in a tweeted statement.
Sheikh had reportedly been participating in an exchange program that is backed by the US State Department.
Megan Lysaght, manager of the Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange & Study Abroad program (YES), sent a letter to students in the program confirming that Sabika was killed in the shooting.
“Please know that the YES program is devastated by this loss and we will remember Sabika and her families in our thoughts and prayers,” Lysaght wrote.
Cynthia Tisdale was a substitute teacher at Santa Fe High School. John Tisdale, Cynthia’s brother-in-law, took to Facebook to share the news that she was “now with the Lord.”
“Thank you all for praying. My sister-in-law Cynthia Tisdale is now with the Lord. Please continue praying for my brother Rev. William Recie Tisdale, Recie Jr, Joseph, Autumn, and Shannon. We are all heart-broken. Cynthia was a member of Anchor Bible Baptist Church in Pharr, Texas.
We never know when our death will come. Cynthia planned on one day retiring and being a full-time grandmother. It will never happen. My question to you is this: ARE YOU READY TO DIE TODAY? Please don’t put it off another hour. If you have never been saved by the grace of God, please believe (trust, rely on) what Jesus Christ did for you 2000 years ago. Trust in Him and Him alone to save you. The Bible says, “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.” PLEASE CALL ON THE LORD JESUS CHRIST TO SAVE YOU RIGHT NOW. That would make Cynthia’s passing meaningful. Let me know of your decision: email@example.com”
Angelique Ramirez, a student, was also confirmed as a fatality after her aunt, Sylvia Pritchett, shared the news on Facebook.
“***Update*** 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. My family and I appreciate all the calls,text, and prayers but as you can imagine I just can’t reply to everyone right now. Please keep all the families in your thoughts, and hug your children tightly”
“TO ALL MY MEDICAL FIELD PEEPS …Please HELP, we can not find my niece or any info. The school nor police can tell us where she is. All we got info on is that she was shot in the leg. Cannot find her at any local hospital. If you are or know anyone on the inside of these places please check! Angelique Ramirez”
Chris Stone was a junior and a center on the high school’s football team, according to 17-year-old Aidan Gomez, who is also a player. His sister also confirmed he was a victim. His family shared photos of him taken just the other week. He was a junior that was in art class friday morning.
Kimberly Jessica Vaughan (left) with her mom Rhonda Hart (right). Hart said her daughter was in art class during the shooting.
“My daughter was in first period art class at Santa Fe high school today,” Hart wrote on Facebook. “There was a shooter.”
Hours later, Hart urged people to “call your damn senators,” adding “We need GUN CONTROL. WE NEED TO PROTECT OUR KIDS.”
A friend of Hart’s also wrote on Facebook that Vaughan had been found and “is now in heaven.”
Ann Perkins was a substitute teacher at the school who was praised on Twitter Friday as a “beloved teacher, family friend, & woman.”
Her daughter’s dance studio stated that Perkins was among the victims.
On her Facebook page, Perkins listed her hometown as Galveston, Texas, and said that she was married.
Shana Fisher celebrated her 16th birthday just eight days before she was shot dead in art class. Family members confirmed to local media outlets that she was among the victims. The shooter’s classmate, Shana Fisher, was the first person the shooter killed, according to Fisher’s mother.
Fisher’s mother, Sadie Rodriguez, reportedly said on Facebook that the suspect, Dimitrios Pagourtzis, gave her daughter “4 months of problems” before Fisher rejected him in front of classmates.
“A week later he opens fire on everyone he didn’t like,” Sadie Rodriguez wrote. “Shana being the first one.”
Sadie Rodriguez did not say how she knew her daughter was targeted first. Police have not yet released a motive for the shooting or determined the order in which the victims were shot.
Candi Thurman who said on Twitter that Fisher was her niece, tweeted that at the time of the shooting Fisher was in an art room at the school.
Aaron Kyle McLeod was a student at Santa Fe High School. More than 1,000 people shared a message his mother’s friend posted on Facebook Friday at 4 p.m. — about eight hours after the shooting — seeking information about the redheaded teen’s whereabouts. “This is Kyle McLeod. My [friend’s] son. She has not heard from him. … Please share to find him,” Karee B Carter wrote, accompanied with a photo of the 15-year-old beaming from behind the wheel of a vehicle.
Jared Conard Black was a student at Santa Fe High School. Jareds uncle said that Jared celebrated his 17th birthday two days before the shooting. He loved anime, art and wrestling according to his uncle.
*Christian Riley Garcia was a student at Santa Fe High School. Garcia visited the construction site of the home his family was building and scribbled a Bible passage, Psalm 46:10, on a wooden beam of the doorframe to his new bedroom. “Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations. I will be exalted in the earth.” Garcia’s pastor, Keenan Smith, wrote online:“Tonight we all mourn. …He has grown up in our church, I baptized him many yrs [sic] ago. Riley you are greatly loved and greatly missed.”
Dimitrios Pagourtzis, the 17-year-old student accused of opening fire at Santa Fe High School and killing 10 people on Friday has been charged with capital murder, the Galveston County Sheriff’s Office said.
The sheriff’s office said in a statement posted on Facebook that 17-year-old Dimitrios Pagourtzis is being held in Galveston County Jail, and that additional charges could still be filed.
“The suspect from the Santa Fe [Independent School District] shooting scene has been booked into the Galveston County Jail,” the sheriff’s office said. “He is identified as Dimitrios Pagourtzis, W/M, 17 years of age. He is being held on Capital Murder with no bond. Additional charges may follow.”
Authorities allege that Pagourtzis opened fire at Santa Fe High School, near Houston, killing nine students and one teacher and injuring another 10 people. He was taken into custody shortly after the shooting. Another student at the school has been detained as a person of interest.
The Santa Fe school district also said in a tweet that authorities had located explosive devices both at the high school and off campus. No explosions have been confirmed.
The Galveston District Attorney released the names of all the victims Saturday: Glenda Perkins, a teacher; Cynthia Tisdale, a teacher’s aide; and Santa Fe students Chris Stone, Aaron McLeod, Kimberly Vaughan, Shana Fisher, Angelique Ramirez, Christian Garcia and Jared Black.
Sabika Sheikh, a student from Pakistan who was at Santa Fe High School for an exchange program, was also killed. Her funeral is scheduled for 2 p.m. Sunday at the Dulles Masjid in Stafford, Texas.
“I send my deepest condolences to the family and friends of Sabika Sheikh,” U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said in a statement. “Sabika was in the United States on the State Department-sponsored Youth Exchange and Study program, helping to build ties between the United States and her native Pakistan. Sabika’s death and that of the other victims is heartbreaking and will be mourned deeply both here in the United States, and in Pakistan.”
A Santa Fe ISD police officer, John Barnes, was shot in the upper arm near his chest and underwent surgery. Barnes remains in critical condition at the University of Texas Medical Branch, UTMB. Late Saturday, officials confirmed that his surgery went great.
An adult female remains hospitalized, according to UTMB officials.