SANTA FE – Seventeen-year-old Trey Lemley was one week past prom, two weeks from the end of his junior year.
He was surrounded by safe, familiar things. The long tables of the Santa Fe High School art lab.
The walls covered in murals and paintings. The friends who had made them.
Then, one of his classmates, clad in a trenchcoat, entered the room with a shotgun and a revolver.
Trey dropped his phone, flung himself inside a closet and barricaded the door, according to his sister, Courtney Lemley.
When Trey came out, he and his district of more than 4,000 students, about 30 miles south of Houston, had joined a growing cadre of U.S. communities with children who will never come home, racked by a mass shooting and represented by political leaders who have no clear consensus on how to stop them.
About 7:30 a.m., 17-year-old Dimitrios Pagourtzis killed 10 and injured 10 more before a Santa Fe school police officer and a Texas state trooper intercepted him. He eventually emerged from the art class and surrendered, according to an arrest affidavit.
The school officer, 49-year-old John Barnes, suffered a gunshot to the upper arm, critically wounding him with severe blood loss. The dead included students and an educator.