Saturday, May 19, 2018

Substitute Teacher, Pakistani Exchange Student Among Victims

Texas shooting victim Cynthia Tisdale, top right, with her husband Recicie Tisdale, center and niece Olinde, left. Cynthia Tisdale, a substitute teacher who relatives say had a "lust for life" is among the first confirmed victims of Friday's mass shooting at a Texas high school.

SANTA FE, TEXAS (AP) — A substitute teacher who relatives say had a "lust for life" and a foreign exchange student from Pakistan are among the first confirmed victims of mass shooting at a Texas high school.

Among those injured Friday are a school resource officer and a sophomore baseball player. Seventeen-year-old Dimitrios Pagourtzis was being held on a capital murder charge after authorities say he fatally shot 10 people and wounded at least 10 others at his high school in Santa Fe, about 30 miles (50 kilometers) southeast of Houston.

Here are some of their stories: CYNTHIA TISDALE Family members confirmed that substitute teacher Cynthia Tisdale was among the victims killed in the shooting. Tisdale's niece, Leia Olinde, said Tisdale was like a mother to her and helped her shop for wedding dresses last year.

"She helped me put it on, she helped fix my hair," Olinde said through tears. "She was wonderful. She was just so loving," said Olinde, 25. "I've never met a woman who loved her family so much." She said Tisdale was married to her husband for close to 40 years and that the two had three children and eight grandchildren.

Tisdale's house was the center for family gatherings, and she loved cooking Thanksgiving dinner and decorating her house, Olinde said. Olinde's fiance, Eric Sanders, said of Tisdale that "words don't explain her lust for life and the joy she got from helping people."

Here are some of their stories: CYNTHIA TISDALE Family members confirmed that substitute teacher Cynthia Tisdale was among the victims killed in the shooting. Tisdale's niece, Leia Olinde, said Tisdale was like a mother to her and helped her shop for wedding dresses last year.

"She helped me put it on, she helped fix my hair," Olinde said through tears. "She was wonderful. She was just so loving," said Olinde, 25. "I've never met a woman who loved her family so much." She said Tisdale was married to her husband for close to 40 years and that the two had three children and eight grandchildren.

Tisdale's house was the center for family gatherings, and she loved cooking Thanksgiving dinner and decorating her house, Olinde said. Olinde's fiance, Eric Sanders, said of Tisdale that "words don't explain her lust for life and the joy she got from helping people."
Post a Comment