‘Nothing can undo the pain’: US Attorney General announces team conducting critical incident review of mass shooting in Uvalde
U.S. Attorney General Merrick B. Garland announced that a team of department officials and external experts will conduct a critical incident review of the Uvalde Police Department’s response to the mass shooting at Robb Elementary School on May 24.
‘Horrific and evil crime’: NRA says organization will reflect on mass shootings ahead of annual meeting in Houston
As the discussion on gun laws are once again at the center of attention following another deadly mass shooting in America, many people were questioning if the National Rifle Association would cancel its annual meeting in Houston.
Teen found guilty of manslaughter in 2020 Bellaire HS shooting, police say
HOUSTON – A Bellaire High School student that killed another student on campus was found guilty of manslaughter, according to Bellaire Police Department Assistant Chief Onesimo Lopez. The unidentified suspect, who was 16 at the time, shot 19-year-old Cesar Cortes in the chest inside the JRTOC supply room on Jan. 14, 2020, according to officials. Cesar Cortes, 19, was fatally shot at Bellaire High School on January 14, 2020. Courtesy: Click2Houston.com (KSAT)The student and another person were arrested at a convenience store nearly four hours after the shooting. At the time, investigators said the shooting was possibly unintentional but reckless and that the suspected gunman seems to show no remorse.
Two years later: Remembering the Santa Fe High School shooting
SEE KPRCs FULL COVERAGE OF THE SANTA FE HIGH SCHOOL SHOOTINGThe victims were Christopher Jake Stone, Sabika Sheikh, Cynthia Tisdale, Shana Fisher, Jared Black, Christian Riley Garcia, Angelique Ramirez, Kimberly Vaughan, Glenda Ann Perkins and Aaron Kyle McLeod. Exterior photo of Santa Fe High School. Santa Fe Independent School District posted a virtual remembrance service on Friday honoring those who lost their lives or were hurt in the shooting. Dimitrios Pagourtzis, the suspect in the Santa Fe High School shooting, was formally declared incompetent to stand trial in November 2019 by a Galveston County judge. The Santa Fe Crisis and Support Line is available 24 hours a day at 800-595-0869.
Bellaire High School students hold protest at HISD headquarters. Police continue the search for weapon
BELLAIRE – Emotional students and community leaders gathered at the steps of Houston Independent School District headquarters Friday night demanding action by the school board. This is after 19-year-old Cesar Cortes was shot and killed at Bellaire High School Tuesday. Students are asking the board for more transparency, not only in this case but other recent gun-related incidents on campus. The alleged shooter, a 16-year-old Bellaire High School student, has been charged with manslaughter. Students gathered at Bellaire High School Friday afternoon for a vigil to remember and honor Cortes.
Bellaire High School sets new safety guidelines as students return after fatal shooting
BELLAIRE – Classes resumed Thursday at Bellaire High School after a shooting killed a 19-year-old student, identified as Cesar Cortes. New safety guidelinesIn the wake of the shooting, school officials decided to implement some new, more stringent safety rules on the campus. Until further notice, all students will enter the building through a single-entry point, according to Bellaire High School Principal Michael McDonough. “These are initial precautions and more long-term, sustainable changes are being developed by the school safety and security committee,” McDonough said. Movements led by StudentsStudents Demand Action, a student-led group at Bellaire High School, are planning a demonstration and rally Friday at 3:30 p.m. at the HISD headquarters.
There were 4 other students in the room during the Bellaire High shooting. Here’s what they say happened
HOUSTON – There were four students in the room with Cesar Cortes and the accused gunman when the fatal shooting occurred at Bellaire High School Tuesday. The four students, all seniors, said the shooting happened inside the JROTC supply room in the JROTC building at Bellaire High School minutes before the 4 p.m. bell. JROTC uniforms, practice rifles and other equipment are kept in the supply room, the students said. One male witness said the accused gunman walked up to him and said: “I have something to show you. The students said the gunman walked Cesar to the door, opened the door, left Cesar on the railing of the ramp just outside the JROTC building and walked away.