J.J. Watt to Pay for the Funerals for the Santa Fe High School Shooting Victims

Texans NFL star will pay for the funerals of those who were murdered in a high school 30 miles outside of Houston, Texas

By Meg Swertlow May 19, 2018 9:45 PMTags
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After 10 people were killed in a shooting at Sante Fe High School outside Houston, Texas on Friday morning, the Texas NFL player will be personally paying for funerals for all 10 victims, at least eight of whom were students. The Texans' communications manager has confirmed to E! News that Watt will be taking care of the costs for the 10 funerals.

Soon after news of the shooting broke, Watt took to Twitter to simply write, "Absolutely horrific."

Victims Ann Perkins, Angelique Ramirez, Kim Vaughan, Chris Stone, Kyle McLeod, Jared Conard Black, Christian "Riley" Garcia, Cynthia Tisdale and Chris Stone were murdered by 17-year-old Dimitrios Pagourtzis when he opened fire at the school using a shotgun, a .38 revolver and explosives.

Yesterday, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott called the shooting "one of the most heinous attacks that we've ever seen in the history of Texas schools."

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Yesterday, the Texans also released a statement, "On behalf of the Texans organization, we are saddened by the tragic events at Sante Fe High School this morning and extend our thoughts and heartfelt condolences to the victims, their families and all those affected. We are grateful for the brave first responders, law enforcement officials and medical personnel. The Texans family will continue to pray for our neighbors."

Watt made headlines last August when he began a fundraiser last that raised more than $37 million for those who were affected by Hurricane Harvey.