Police have identified the suspect in the Friday morning Santa Fe High School shooting as 17-year-old Dimitrios Pagourtzis. He has been taken into custody and is being held on charges of capital murder, after opening fire before 8 a.m. local time, on the grounds of the Santa Fe, Texas school. According to officials, 10 people have died so far; nine students and one adult. Several more have been rushed to local hospitals, many of whom are still listed in critical condition. Pagourtzis is being held without bond.
The Texas high school shooting suspect used both a shotgun and a .38 revolver to kill 10 people in Santa Fe this morning, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott said at a press conference. ‘Neither of these weapons were owned or legally possessed by the shooter,’ Abbott said, noting instead they were legally owned by his father. ‘I have no information if the father was aware the son had taken these weapons,’ Abbott said,” CNN reports.
Dimitrios Pagourtzis, who lives in Texas with his family, is of Greek heritage. His first name, “Dimitrios,” translates to James or Jimmy in English.
His dad, Antonios E. Pagourtzis, was born in Magoulítsa, Kardhitsa, Greece. The area, located in the Thessaly region, is in the central part of the country, about halfway between Thessaloniki and the country’s capital of Athens.
According to Mr. Pagourtzis’ Facebook page, he took his two kids — Dimitrios and his younger sister — to Greece in 2013. There are photos of the family at an Orthodox church, taken in Mr. Pagourtzis’ hometown of Magoulítsa. The family has traveled to Greece a few times, but they usually spend time in Magoulítsa, according to Mr. Pagourtzis’ wife, Rose Maria Kosmetatos, who shared the information with a friends on Facebook. Kosmetatos appears to have deactivated her Facebook page after learning that her son was named as the primary suspect in today’s school shooting.
Mr. Pagourtzis married Kosmetatos in Texas in the year 2000. Kosmetatos’ dad’s side of the family is from Kefalonia, an island in the Ionian Sea. The area is a popular tourist destination that is lined with stunning beaches. It is unclear if Kosmetatos was born in Greece or in the United States.
According to Mercury News, Dimitrios Pagourtzis was a member of his church’s dance group, which is a common extra-curricular activity enjoyed by Greek youths and adults alike. The Orthodox church is very tight-knit and families that belong to the church tend to develop a very strong bonds with other members of the community.
Santa Fe, Texas, is about an hour southeast of the Houston metropolitan area. Houston has a large Greek community. There are multiple ways in which the Greek community can connect through church and other festivals, there is also an annual Greek Film Festival that takes place in the city, as well as online groups.
As far as Santa Fe, Texas, goes, the Greek community is rather small. Out of a population of 18,250, .52 percent are Greek, which roughly equals 95 people.