HOUSTON – Several families have joined a lawsuit against the parents of the teen accused of shooting and killing 10 people at Santa Fe High School in May, claiming negligence led to the shooting.
The parents of Chris Stone initially filed a suit accusing Dimitrios Pagourtzis' parents of gross negligence for allowing him access to the father's weapons, which according to the lawsuit, were a .38 handgun and a sawed-off shotgun.
Now, the family of Aaron McLeod, Christian Garcia and Jared Black have joined the suit.
“The families are united and resolute in their desire to hold the shooter’s parents accountable for this tragedy and want every parent of a troubled child to get that troubled child the help he/she needs and to safeguard their guns from that child,” attorney Clint McGuire said.
The lawsuit claims the Pagourtzis' failed to secure the weapons and permitted their son to have access to the weapons and ammunition, failed to obtain mental health counseling for their son, failed to properly warn the public of their son's "dangerous propensities" and negligently entrusted weapons to their son.
"Had the murderer not had available to him the weapons for his carnage, his hidden black rage might well have continued to simmer within, but, the life's blood of his teacher and peers, including Aaron Kyle McLeod, would not have been so horribly, callously and needlessly spilled,” the lawsuit says.
The family of 15-year-old McCleod said he was a bright student who enjoyed playing tennis, watching musicals and playing PlayStation.
"His parents have lost the love, support, nurture and companionship they would have shared for the remainder of their lives with their beloved son, of whom they were so proud," the lawsuit says. "His parents have suffered the unusual and severe mental anguish and grief that only their son's sudden, unexpected, unjustified and absolutely unnecessary tragic death could cause. They have also lost all of the economic support they would have received from Aaron Kyle McCleod for the remainder of their lives, as they aged and watched his children, their grandchildren, grow."
Garcia, who was a freshman at Santa Fe, was described by his family as "a bright student who enjoyed football, basketball, music and being outdoors," the lawsuit says.
Black is said to have been "a bright, optimistic student who enjoyed art, science fiction and playing video games," according to his family.
The victim's families are seeking more than $1 million in damages for pain, suffering and funeral expenses.
All of the families are expected to appear in court on Sept. 6.