Mother of slain Santa Fe shooting victim believes daughter was targeted for rejecting shooter's advances - MRCAESAR.COM



Saturday, 19 May 2018

Mother of slain Santa Fe shooting victim believes daughter was targeted for rejecting shooter's advances


Shana Fisher was killed during the May 18 shooting at Santa Fe High School. (Facebook)
The mother of Santa Fe school shooting victim Shana Fisher believes her daughter was targeted because she spurned her killer's increasingly aggressive advances.
Shana was one of Dimitrios Pagourtzis' first victims in the Sante Fe High School massacre Friday, according to Shana's mother, Sadie Rodriguez.
The shotgun-slinging gunman once dated Shana's best friend before making the moves on her, Rodriguez said.
"He kept making advances on her and she repeatedly told him no," Rodriguez said, according to The Associated Press.
A week before the shooting, Rodriguez said her daughter bravely "stood up to him" and embarrassed 17-year-old Pagourtzis in front of their class.
Rodriguez separately told Los Angeles Times that she went through four months of his unwanted attention.
The attack left 10 people dead and 13 more wounded.
Pagourtzis remains held without bail on charges of capital murder and aggravated assault on a public servant.
On Saturday, Shana's grief-stricken mother watched YouTube clips of her slain child complaining about the humid Texas heat and her frizzy hair, all while making plans to record a video game blog.
Sadie Baze, mother of Shana Fisher, is overcome with emotion at a picnic that was organized for the community following the massacre. (Jonathan Newton/The Washington Post)
"I would do vlogs about like, board games," Shana said in a 2015 video posted to her mother's Facebook page. "I'm going to do a gaming video once a week. I hope I have enough storage."
In a tribute to her "sweet and shy" daughter, Rodriguez urged teachers and parents to be more aware of mental health problems in the classroom.
She had choice words for her daughter's suspected killer.
"How do you continue to shoot after seeing one die before ur (sic) eyes," Rodriguez wrote in a Facebook post. "His mental state was all kinds of f--ked up."
Authorities have not shared what may have prompted the attack as of Saturday night.
And Pagourtzis' attorney, Nicholas Poehl, offered no details to what prompted his client's alleged attack either.
He said much remains unknown about Pagourtzis' personal life. He did not have a history of mental health problems but there were "some indications of family history," Poehl said.
Poehl cautioned against some news reports, including one that said Pagourtzis may have been bullied by football coaches at the school. The school district disputed the news reports as unfounded.
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