Cops: Santa Fe Suspect 'Spared' Those He Liked

Parkland students offer their support, plus a heartbreaking clip from one of the survivors
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted May 19, 2018 8:55 AM CDT
A young girl and her brother light candles during a vigil held in the wake of a deadly school shooting with multiple fatalities at Santa Fe High School on Friday in Santa Fe, Texas.   (Stuart Villanueva/The Galveston County Daily News via AP)

(Newser) – Dimitrios Pagourtzis, the 17-year-old suspect in the shooting at Texas' Santa Fe High School on Friday that took the lives of 10 and wounded several others, has been charged with capital murder and aggravated assault of a public servant, CNN reports. Pagourtzis, who once played football on the school's JV team and was described by a classmate as "kind of a quiet kid," has asked for a court-appointed attorney and hasn't yet entered a plea. He's not up for bond. In a probable cause affidavit, an investigator who talked to Pagourtzis says the teen noted he had "spared" people he liked during the rampage "because he wanted his story told," per CNN. More on the shooting and the aftermath:

  • CNN and the AP have the latest on two of the victims so far: Pakistani exchange student Sabika Sheikh, and Cynthia Tisdale, a substitute teacher with a "lust for life." "[I] never met a woman who loved her family so much," Tisdale's niece tells the AP.
  • A heartbreaking clip that's gone viral, via the New York Times, shows Santa Fe student Paige Curry being asked if the shooting had felt surreal while it was happening. "Was there a part of you that was like, 'This isn't real, this … would not happen in my school?" a reporter asked. An emotional Paige replied, "No, there wasn't. … It's been happening everywhere. … I've always kind of felt like eventually it was going to happen here, too."

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