HOUSTON (FOX 26) - So many Santa Fe High School students have a long road to recovery after the tragic shooting on May 18, but they are not traveling it alone. There seems to be a line of people who want to help. Loved ones of the students who suffered in the Santa Fe school shooting call it a blessing that friends, neighbors and even perfect strangers are lining up to lend their support.
At a Santa Fe Strong rally in Hitchcock, several supporters actually skydived into the event.
When supporters are flying from the sky for you, there’s no question, Santa Fe, so many want you to feel love and comfort and they are gathering for you.
“To cry together, laugh together, enjoy time together and it’s a good opportunity to heal,” explains Galveston County Commissioner Ken Clark.
In Houston, the scene was much of the same as flocks of people came together for the families and the children who are now changed forever after investigators say Santa Fe High School student Dimitrios Pagourtzis killed eight of his classmates and two teachers. Thirteen others were also injured in the shooting.
"Her jugular was severed and a lot of damage was done,” explains Maricela Lopez, whose niece, 16-year-old Sarah Salazar, was hit by several shotgun blasts as she hid in a closet.
"She did initially pass out," adds Salazar's aunt Blanca Gutierrez. "She was actually shot on three different occasions.”
The Borrachos Cookers and many others are helping with a fundraising event to help pay for Salazar’s medical bills.
“She was injured by the all on the left side pretty much. Left thigh, outer thigh, left torso, left shoulder,” says Lopez.
“Her collarbone is fractured," describes Guitierrez. "She had rib fractures. She had pellets in her tongue, her neck. They’re still there. They’re going to stay there unless they come out on their own.”
Shortly after visits from musician Justin Timberlake and Houston Texans defensive end JJ Watt, Salazar had her jaw repositioned and mouth wired shut. She still needs surgery on her shoulder.
“She heard a little boy playing with one of those Nerf guns and whenever he popped it, it really scared her," says Gutierrez. "So she’s going to be affected for a long time.”