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Mourners pray at a makeshift memorial left in memory of the victims killed in a shooting at Santa Fe High School in Santa Fe, Texas, U.S., May 21, 2018.

"The act of evil that occurred in Santa Fe has deeply touched the core of who we are as Texans", Abbott said in a statement.

You have the necessary exits for fire of course but we have to follow our students into our schools so we can put eyes on them.

The Astros wanted to do something to show their support for those affected by the shooting in Santa Fe, which is about 30 miles from their ballpark in downtown Houston.

Just two days after the deaths of eight students and two substitute teachers, graduating seniors also marked the end of the school year with a baccalaureate service that acknowledged the pain experienced in Santa Fe, a town of 13,000, while Muslim mourners remembered the life of a slain exchange student from Pakistan. The letter was first published as an ad in the Houston Chronicle.

GOODWYN: Abbott announced he was convening a series of roundtable discussions that will begin today and will include members of the Texas House and Senate, school officials, victims and relatives of victims, gun rights and gun control advocates.

Dimitrios Pagourtzis is being held on capital murder charges.

Other ideas that Abbott mentioned were increasing the number of school counselors, creating incentives for students to share information about potential threats and evaluating an expansion of a state program that arms teachers.

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Wednesday's three-hour discussion included representatives of Texas Gun Sense, which has pressed for tougher background checks for gun sales and "red flag" laws that keep guns away from people deemed a danger to themselves or others. But experts say stricter gun rules, a solution favored by most Democrats, don't have a good chance of getting to the governor's desk. He also spoke of a vague idea of mandating parent training to prevent shootings and spoke at length about creating an app that would allow students, parents and law enforcement to monitor school security cameras.

Police have said the 17-year-old suspect in the Santa Fe shooting used his father's shotgun and.38-caliber handgun.

Mr Poehl said there was no history of mental health issues with his client, though there may be "some indications of family history". Her body is to be returned to her family in Karachi.

Federal law prohibits an individual "adjudicated as a mental defective" or involuntarily committed to a psychiatric facility from owning or purchasing a firearm.

The sheriff added that 200 law enforcement officers rushed to the school district in response to the shooting, and said he doesn't "believe" that any of the victims or those injured were shot from crossfire between the gunman and police.

"If you lose your right, especially one provided by the Constitution, is there some due process?"

"I'm nearly to the point where you nearly become speechless because these incidents are happening way too much", Turner added. "There has got to be due process".

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