Parents of Texas school shooter release statement

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Saturday afternoon, the parents of Dimtrious Pagourtzis released a statement of condolence to the victims of the horrific school shooting committed Friday by their 17-year-old son, in which 10 people were killed and another 13 injured.

Pagourtzis used two weapons in his attack, a shotgun and a .38 revolver, both of which were legally owned by his father. He reportedly wore a trench coat to school in order to hide the weapons under his coat.

The killer later admitted to officials that he intentionally did not shoot people he liked, and that he planned to commit suicide afterward, but changed his mind. He has been charged with capital murder.

The Pagourtzis family’s statement read as follows:

“We are saddened and dismayed by yesterday’s events at Santa Fe High School. We extend our most heartfelt prayers and condolences to all of the victims. We also wish to thank all the first responders from all over Texas that assisted in rendering aid and support.

“We are as shocked and confused as anyone else by these events that occurred. We are gratified by the public comments made by other Santa Fe High School students that show Dimitri as we know him: a smart, quiet, sweet boy. While we remain mostly in the dark about the specifics of yesterday’s tragedy, what we have learned from media reports seems incompatible with the boy we love.

“We share the public’s hunger for answers as to why this happened, and will await the outcome of the investigation before speaking about these events. We have been and will continue to cooperate with the authorities conducting the investigation, and ask for the public’s patience while it moves forward.

“We ask the public to please extend privacy, both to the victims and to our own family, as all of us try to process these events, and begin the healing process.

The Pagourtzis Family

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