The Houston Rockets will give free tickets to Game 5 of the Western Conference Finals to Santa Fe High School seniors, first responders and school representatives, almost a week after a shooting at the Texas school left 10 people dead, a lot of them students. The team will play a video remembering the deceased, and members of the school choir will sing the national anthem.
The elder Pagourtzis said his son took a legally owned shotgun and handgun from his closet before leaving for school that day.
Two groups at opposite ends of the gun debate were set to meet Texas Governor Greg Abbott on Wednesday to look for solutions days after a shooter killed 10 people in a Houston-area high school. The school district conducted an investigation into these claims and "confirmed that these reports were untrue".
Abbott invited representatives from the Texas State Rifle Association, which says it protects the lawful use of firearms, and Texas Gun Sense, which says it wants reforms to protect the public, to join him in state capital Austin, according to various media outlets. Authorities say eight students and two teachers were killed in the attack, and 13 others wounded.
Antonios Pagourtzis talked about his son in a phone interview this weekend with Greece's Antenna TV.
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"They're such good people and so pure, and didn't deserve this", said student Lydia Swart, who knew one of the Santa Fe victims.
"He pulled the trigger but he is not this person", he said.
The legislature is out of session until January 2019, making it almost impossible for the state to implement and fund any major changes from the talks. I didn't see a child who is a murderer.
"This is just way too common and we shouldn't't have to fear for our lives at school", said Dickinson student Nyah Taylor. "He was thinking of his sisters, how his sisters will be able to get about". On Monday, she was standing at a memorial for the victims when she told The Associated Press that the violence is not a "gun problem".