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SANTA FE, Texas (AP) — The mother of one of the 10 people killed at a Texas high school said her daughter recently rejected the romantic advances of the 17-year-old charged in the shootings, a possible motive for the violent tragedy.
Sadie Rodriguez said her daughter, Shana Fisher, had made clear that she was not interested in Dimitrios Pagourtzis.
“He continued to get more aggressive,” Rodriguez told The Associated Press in an interview conducted Saturday via Facebook. “She finally stood up to him and embarrassed him.”
The article goes on to state the following:
The incident took place one week before the shooting, Rodriguez said. Police have not yet said what might have motivated the attack.
Asked about Rodriguez’s allegation, a lawyer for the Pagourtzis’s family said he hadn’t heard about any such interaction between Pagourtzis and any of the victims and therefore couldn’t comment.
“That’s news to me,” said lawyer Nicholas Poehl, though he cautioned that he’d spent much of the day disputing false rumors about the teen’s personal life. Earlier Saturday, Poehl issued a statement from the family saying that they were “as shocked and confused as anyone else by these events that occurred” and asked for privacy.
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Shana Fisher, 16, was in art class at #SantaFeHighSchool when she was killed. She had just turned 16 and according to her family was looking forward to summer break and getting her driver’s license. pic.twitter.com/IVXOmpyDEq
— Jake Tapper (@jaketapper) May 20, 2018
The mother of Shana Fisher, one of the Santa Fe shooter’s victims, told @latimes that her daughter had repeatedly turned down his advances—and later embarrassed him in class. Toxic masculinity is as common a thread in these shootings as are firearms. https://t.co/4SN2uykssw
— Jamil Smith (@JamilSmith) May 20, 2018
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