Pro Athlete Offers to Pay for Funerals of All Santa Fe High School Shooting Victims

May 19, 2018May 19, 2018

Texans are still deep in shock from the recent shooting in which ten people were killed and ten others injured when a gunman opened fire at Santa Fe High School. The tragedy occurred Friday.

Though it may not take away the pain, a professional football player has offered to pay for all the funerals of the victims of the shooting. Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt notified Santa Fe High School administrators that he is willing to personally pay for all the funerals.

Dimitrios Pagourtzis, 17, the teen suspect in the shooting, allegedly used a shotgun and a revolver to wreak havoc on the campus of his high school before surrendering to authorities. According to CNN, he spared the people he liked while killing others.

A peace officer was slain in the shooting, which means that Pagourtzis has been charged with capital murder and aggravated assault, according to Fox 26

Watt’s gesture has not been the only philanthropic gesture from him. After Hurricane Harvey tore through Texas in 2017, he and Houston Astros second baseman Jose Altuve gave generously, establishing the Houston Food Relief Fund. That fund, part of the YouCaring crowdfunding platform, helped raise $37 million. He posted on Twitter his reaction to the shooting.

Watt and Altuve were named Sports Illustrated Sportsperson of the Year in 2017. He is a three-time Professional Football Writers of America Defensive Player of the Year. He was also recognized as the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year. That award seeks to commend an NFL player for excellence on and off the field.

Take a look at this video of President Trump's remarks about the Santa Fe shooting:

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