A terrible shooting took the lives of 9 Santa Fe High School students, and one teacher Friday and now the star defensive end for the Houston Texans has announced he will pay for the funerals of the victims. The Houston Texans football team confirmed that J.J. Watt will pay for the funerals of the ten victims.
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The shooting took place early Friday morning at Santa Fe high school in Texas when a 17-year-old male student with a shotgun and a revolver opened fire. The school is located about 30 miles from downtown Houston, Texas. Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez confirmed nine of the victims were students, and the tenth was a teacher. Gonzalez called the shooting "one of the most heinous attacks that we've ever seen in the history of Texas schools."
The shooter, Dimitrios Pagourtzis, acquired the guns from his father who purchased them legally but did not secure them. Witnesses say he casually walked into the school around 8 a.m. with a shotgun in his trench coat and started firing. Shortly after the shooting, J.J. Watt tweeted, "Absolutely horrific."
<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Absolutely horrific.</p>— JJ Watt (@JJWatt) <a href="https://twitter.com/JJWatt/status/997493772517892096?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">May 18, 2018</a></blockquote>
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Watt has been an active member of the communities in Texas since he was drafted in 2011. One fundraiser Watt started last August saw over $37 million raised for victims of Hurricane Harvey. The Houston Texans also released an official statement:
<i>"On behalf of the Texans organization, we are saddened by the tragic events at Sante Fe High School this morning and extend our thoughts and heartfelt condolences to the victims, their families and all those affected. We are grateful for the brave first responders, law enforcement officials, and medical personnel. The Texans family will continue to pray for our neighbors."</i>
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