GALVESTON COUNTY - It’s been nearly two years since the deadly mass shooting at Santa Fe High School.
Starting Friday, each one of the 10 people killed will have a day dedicated to honoring them.
Friday, May 8th until the two-year anniversary on May 18th, each of the
fallen 10 will be honored by a special activity, dedicated to
remembering what each of them loved to do best.
The goal is to “embrace life while remembering all 10 souls.”
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The 10-day remembrance begins with Ann Perkins, a beloved teacher at Santa Fe High School.
husband of more than 30 years, Steve Perkins, said his wife, much like
her Galveston roots, loved spending time at the beach.
To honor her memory, folks will be asked to spend time enjoying the outdoors.
liked the fresh air and the outdoors. That would be perfect for her.
That was her style. I remember one of the few times it snowed in
Houston, she came home and was all excited because instead of keeping
her students in class, she took them outside to play in the snow,"
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the course of the last two years since the deadly shooting, Perkins
said he’s been focused on keeping Ann’s memory alive and pushing for
"The days are the same for me. There’s no
closure currently. I still don’t know if she suffered or how many times
she was shot. I don’t know why this tragedy had to occur, especially to
my wife. It seems like the victims don’t have any rights at all. You
can't get any information, you can hardly get anything. But yet, the
perpetrator can get whatever they want. To me, the laws need to be
changed," Perkins said.
Much like other Santa Fe families,
Perkins has been waiting for the trial of the admitted gunman to begin
so he can receive some semblance of closure. He’s been working with
victim’s rights attorneys to change what information can be disclosed to
families after a tragedy.
"There is no reason for this. Car
accidents happen, it’s an accident. Cancers happen, it’s a disease.
These are things that are out of your control. What happened on May 18th
was controllable," Perkins said.
Similarly, Rosie Stone is aching to find out what exactly happened to her son, Chris Stone.
She’s channeled most of her grief and energy into developing an organization called C-C-C: Chris Courage Change.
Soon, CCC be awarding its first batch of the 'Chris Stone Legacy Scholarships' in honor of her son.
did raise $8,000 in memory of Chris for his scholarship at a cook-off
event. We’re going to have eight scholarships to hand out $1000 each,"
Chris Stone will be remembered on May 13th. Those who
wish to participate in honor Chris can do so by watching football.
Stone said Chris was a huge football fan and especially loved the Dallas
She said she'll always be grateful for the students and community members who never give up on finding ways to honor her son.
more we talk about Chris, the more we’ll never forget about him. As a
parent, that’s your biggest fear is that after the shooting happens,
people will move on and they’ll forget – but these kids have been
great," Stone said.
Stone said she's also been working on
developing Stone Law to bring forth to lawmakers next legislative
session. The bill would require more immediate accountability after a
"Stone Law is going to start holding people
accountable. For example, if a shooting were to happen today, starting
today people need to be held accountable. And that’s the only way
family’s hearts can start mending," Stone said.
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