SANTA FE, Texas -- (KIAH) -- One of the 10 people killed in the Texas school shooting was a girl who had rejected the suspect’s advances for months, and stood up to him a week ago in class, the victim’s mother said.
Sadie Baze said her daughter, Shana Fisher, 16, was gunned down during art class at Santa Fe High School on Friday.
Police arrested the suspect, Dimitrios Pagourtzis, 17, who was also a student at the school in the southeastern Texas city of Santa Fe.
Baze said the suspect had pestered her daughter to go out with him for months. A week ago, her daughter stood up in class and told Pagourtzis that she wouldn’t go out with him.
Before asking Shana out, the suspect had previously dated her best friend, Baze said, adding that’s why she told her daughter to turn him down.
“One of the shotgun shells was for my daughter,” Baze said. “She’s never going to walk through the front door again.”
Shana had turned 16 days earlier.
‘I was frozen’
Pagourtzis used a shotgun and a revolver to shoot students and teachers, killing 10 people, police said. An additional 13 others were injured.
Deedra Van Ness’ daughter, Isabelle Laymance, survived the shooting by hiding in a classroom closet. In a Facebook post Saturday titled “longest day of my life,” she said her daughter told her the gunman was “yelling Woo Hoo!” as he fired in the classroom next door.
When her daughter first called to let her know about the shooting, she was whispering to avoid alerting the gunman.
“I was frozen, standing there with no idea what to do next,” Van Ness posted.
The mother said she texted their friends and relatives to ask them not to call Isabelle to avoid giving away her hiding place.