Remembering the victims of Santa Fe High School shooting - MRCAESAR.COM


Saturday, 19 May 2018

Remembering the victims of Santa Fe High School shooting

A shy girl who loved her dog, two devoted teachers, a big-hearted football player and a Pakistani exchange student due home soon.
Santa Fe High School sophomore Jared Conard Black was so looking forward to his birthday party Saturday, he expected his school day Friday would go too slow.
"I just have to make it through today," he told his stepfather, Travis Stanich, before he got on the school bus.
Those were the last words Stanich heard from the 17-year-old. Now he and Jared's mother are planning his funeral.
Jared — who loved drawing, science fiction and his dog, Odie — was one of the 10 people senselessly shot dead Friday by a deranged student at the school in southeast Texas, 30 miles south of Houston.
"It seems like every week there's a shooting. You never think it'll be your kid," Stanich, told The Daily News as tears streamed down his cheeks.
Jared was "an all-around great kid. My life is better for having known him," his stepfather added.
Stanich, 46, and Jared's mother, Pam, sometimes wept on each other's shoulder as they spoke to The News.
Students (top, left to right) Sabika Sheikh, Kim Vaughan, Chris Stone, Jared Conard Black and (bottom, left to right) Christian Riley Garcia, Shana Fisher, Angelique Ramirez and Aaron Kyle McLeod were killed on May 18, 2018. (Facebook)
Pam Stanich, 43, vowed to homeschool Jared's 13-year-old brother, Houston.
"I am not going to lose another kid to the public schools," she said.
Jared's too-short life story was just one of the heartbreaking profiles to emerge the day after America's latest mass shooting.
There was also a heroic football player, a shy girl who loved her dog, two devoted teachers and a Pakistani exchange student due to fly home soon.
Besides Jared, the toll of the dead includes students Kimberly Vaughan, Shana Fisher, Angelique Ramirez, Christian Riley Garcia, Sabika Sheikh, Chris Stone and Aaron Kyle McLeod and teachers Glenda Perkins and Cynthia Tisdale.
The accused gunman, Dimitrios Pagourtzis, 17, who was arrested and charged with murder, yelled "surprise" before opening fire in an art class, said U.S. Rep. Michael McCaul (R-Texas).
Cynthia Tisdale (l.) and Ann Perkins (r.) were killed on May 18, 2018, in a shooting at Santa Fe High School. (Facebook)
Angelica Stone, the oldest sister of 17-year-old Chris Stone, told The News her brother held the art room door, keeping out Pagourtzis as others scrambled for a supply closet.
"When the kid couldn't get in, he shot through the door, and that was it for my brother," said Angelica, 21.
She added that her brother saved at least one student, if not more. He died true to his word, his sister said.
"There was a conversation between my sister, my brother and my mom maybe a year ago," said Stone. "They were asking, 'If there was a shooting, what would he do?'
"He said if he knew there was no chance to get away, he would do his best to try to keep the door closed. . . . He was definitely the type of person to put someone else before him," Angelica said.
Sixteen-year-old Shana Fisher was reportedly one of Pagourtzis' first victims.
Students at the high school turned crime scene/memorial were permitted back inside Saturday to collect items they left behind when fleeing the shooter 24 hours earlier. (Scott Olson/Getty Images)
Shana's mother, Sadie Rodriguez, said her "sweet and shy" daughter spurned Pagourtzis' advances after he dated Shana's best friend.
A week before the shooting, Rodriguez said, her daughter "stood up to" Pagourtzis and embarrassed him in class.
Tisdale, a 67-year-old art teacher's aide, was looking forward to being a full-time grandmother, her brother-in-law, John Tisdale, said on Facebook.
"It will never happen," he said.
Perkins was a beloved substitute teacher whom students called "Grandma Perkins."
Tanner Leteff, a former Perkins pupil, said he kept contact with her after graduating.
"(She) really wanted to see me successful," he recalled.
Sabika, 18, was an exchange student at Santa Fe High.
Her father, Pakistani businessman Abdul Aziz Sheikh, flipped on the news in Karachi to hear about a tragedy unfolding at a Texas school.
His daughter didn't reply to messages. The exchange program told Sheikh the news about his child, who was supposed to come home in three weeks.
Sheikh fought back tears while talking to The Associated Press. He said he thought Sabika would be safe in the U.S.
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