Shana Fisher, one of the people killed by Texas school shooter Dimitrios Pagourtzis on Friday, had rejected him, her devastated mother said.
In an interview with ABC 7 on Saturday, May 19, the sixteen-year-old girl's mother Sadie Rodriguez claimed that Fisher had been fending off advances from Pagourtzis for months before he opened fire at Santa Fe High School.
He continued to get more aggressive," Rodriguez told the TV news station. "She finally stood up to him and embarrassed him."
Rodriguez also emailed the Los Angeles Times, "A week later he opens fire on everyone he didn't like. Shana being the first one." Rodriguez didn't say how she knew her daughter was the first victim.
Now some wonder if Pagourtzis, 17-- who is in custody-- being rejected by a girl he fancied could have been a motive for his horrifying shooting of his classmates and teachers.
Family members of Pagourtzis have insisted he is "quiet" and "sweet," but according to Rodriguez, he continued to become more aggressive with her daughter Fisher until finally she rejected him publicly in class a week before the attack, the mother said.
But Nicholas Poehl, a lawyer for the Pagourtzis family, said he hadn't heard about the claimed rejection and couldn't comment.
Pagourtzis reportedly confessed to the shooting and told investigators he had left students he liked alive so he could "have his story told."
The teen boy apparently hid a shotgun and a handgun under his trench coat before opening fire in a first-period art class on Friday, according to an affidavit filed by police.
Pagourtzis' alleged brutal act followed other school shootings, including that allegedly of Nikolas Cruz in Parkland, Florida.
Cruz, 19, pleaded not guilty after the carnage at Stoneman Douglas High School in February that left 17 people dead.
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