Mass shootings like Santa Fe reopen families' old wounds

Credit Galveston County Sheriff's Office  AP

Credit Galveston County Sheriff's Office AP

In the wake of Friday's deadly shooting at Santa Fe High School, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott plans to convene "roundtable discussions" on how to curb gun violence.

The former student who is charged with killing 17 students and faculty members at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in February 2018, was allegedly abusive to an ex-girlfriend and fought her new boyfriend ahead of the shooting - even threatening to kill him. "I had my advisory class, which is after third period, with him", Santa Fe High student Mateo Twilley said.

Hundreds have paid their respects at a packed Houston-area mosque in the first funeral for a shooting victim.

"From a Republican perspective, you're not going to lose the Republican primary by being too pro-Second Amendment", Jones said. One week before her death, Shana reportedly stood up to the 17-year-old accused shooter and told him to "cut it out" after his repeated advances, according to Shana's father, Timothy Thomas, who spoke with the Daily Mail. Her 13-year-old daughter watched it unfold on television and said she was afraid to go to school.

Emergency crews gather in the parking lot of Santa Fe High School
Emergency crews gather in the parking lot of Santa Fe High School Credit Daniel Kramer AFP

"We're a strong community and there's nothing that can faze us", said Santa Fe pitcher Rome Shubert, who 36 hours earlier had a bullet pass through the back of his head as he and teammate Trenton Beazley hid from a gunman who had opened fire in their classroom. But he stressed that guns were not to blame, explaining that they are "part of who we are as a nation".

Over the weekend, there were more tributes at church services and vigils. He immediately waived his Miranda rights and is now in solitary confinement.

Texas has been among the states most strident in its support for gun rights, even as mass shootings have caused other states to slowly start tightening laws.

The dead include two teachers, Glenda Perkins and Cynthia Tisdale, plus students Shana Fisher, Kimberly Vaughan, Angelique Ramirez, Christian Riley Garcia, Jared Black, Christopher Jake Stone, Aaron Kyle McLeod and Pakistani exchange student Sabika Sheikh.

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"It's times like this when all of us realise how fragile our lives really are". They said they are co-operating with authorities.

Police have not said that the Sante Fe suspect was taking ADHD medication.

"And I want us to come together and unite", she told Cogburn.

He added: "Family and friends and God, that's what's going to get us through this".

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"I just hope that they know that the whole country loves them, and we all are hurt", Zanis said.

"It's time in Texas that we take action to step up and make sure this tragedy is never repeated ever again", Abbott said at a press conference, where he noted that the suspected shooter used a shotgun and.38-caliber revolver he had obtained from his father.

"They think we're leftist nutcases coming for everyone's guns", she said.

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