Pro football star J.J. Watt – who raised millions of dollars for relief efforts following Hurricane Harvey last year – has offered to pay for the funerals of those who were killed Friday morning at Santa Fe High School when 17-year-old Dimitrios Pagourtzis allegedly opened fire on his classmates, leaving at least 10 dead and 10 more injured, FOX 26 reported.
According to Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez, eight of those killed were students.
The 29-year-old took to Twitter shortly after the shooting, calling the tragedy “absolutely horrific.”
— JJ Watt (@JJWatt) May 18, 2018
The Texans released a statement offering “thoughts and heartfelt condolences to the victims, their families and all those affected.”
Statement from the Houston Texans regarding the tragic events at Santa Fe High School. pic.twitter.com/JM1Gg16CRu
— Houston Texans (@HoustonTexans) May 18, 2018
“On behalf of the Texans organization, we are saddened by the tragic events at Santa Fe High School this morning and extend our thoughts and heartfelt condolences to the victim, their families and all those affected,” the statement read. “We are grateful for the brave first responders, law enforcement officials and medical personnel. The Texans family will continue to pray for our neighbors.”
FOX 26 reports that Santa Fe High School administrators have been notified that the Houston Texans defensive end will personally pay for the funerals of all the victims.
Watt, 29, raised nearly $37 million to aid those affected by Hurricane Harvey last year, ESPN reported.