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Santa Fe mourns after deadly Texas school shooting

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Hundreds of students, distraught parents, residents, grief counsellors, and politicians gathered for a sunset vigil in Santa Fe, the tight-knit rural community near Houston that became the scene of the latest US school massacre.

Just hours after a teen gunman killed 10 people, mostly fellow classmates, and wounded 10 others, they came together near the school to light candles, pray for strength, weep for their fallen friends, and recall the morning’s horror.

At the vigil, Texas Governor Greg Abbott and US Senator Ted Cruz hugged grieving family members, comfort dogs sat with students, and ministers offered prayers. (AFP)

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A woman wearing a Texas t-shirt holds a lighted candle during a vigil held in the wake of a deadly school shooting at Santa Fe High School on Friday, May 18, 2018, in Galveston, Texas. (Photo: Stuart Villanueva/The Galveston County Daily News via AP)


Santa Fe High School student Hunter Kana, center, holds a lighted candle during a vigil held in the wake of a deadly school shooting with multiple fatalities at Santa Fe High School on Friday, May 18, 2018, in Santa Fe, Texas. (Photo: Stuart Villanueva/The Galveston County Daily News via AP)


Attendees light candles to pay their respects to the victims of a shooting at Santa Fe High School that left several dead and injured in Santa Fe, Texas, May 18, 2018. (Photo: Pu Ying Huang/Reuters)


People embrace during a vigil held in the wake of a deadly school shooting with multiple fatalities at Santa Fe High School on Friday, May 18, 2018, in Galveston, Texas. (Photo: Stuart Villanueva/The Galveston County Daily News via AP)


A note is left behind by an attendee on the vigil table during a vigil for the victims of a shooting at Santa Fe High School that left several dead and injured in Santa Fe, Texas, May 18, 2018. (Photo: Pu Ying Huang/Reuters)


London Delgado kneels with a lighted candle at a vigil held in the wake of a deadly school shooting with multiple fatalities at Santa Fe High School on Friday, May 18, 2018, in Galveston, Texas. (Photo: Stuart Villanueva/The Galveston County Daily News via AP)


Candles are lit during a vigil held in the wake of a deadly school shooting at Santa Fe High School on Friday, May 18, 2018, in Santa Fe, Texas. (Photo: Stuart Villanueva/The Galveston County Daily News via AP)


People gather with lighted candles during a vigil held in the wake of a deadly school shooting with multiple fatalities at Santa Fe High School on Friday, May 18, 2018, in Santa Fe, Texas. (Photo: Stuart Villanueva/The Galveston County Daily News via AP)


Texas Governor Greg Abbott lights a memorial candle during a vigil held in the wake of a deadly school shooting with multiple fatalities at Santa Fe High School on Friday, May 18, 2018, in Santa Fe, Texas. (Photo: Stuart Villanueva/The Galveston County Daily News via AP)


Mourners gather during a prayer vigil following a shooting at Santa Fe High School in Santa Fe, Texas, on Friday, May 18, 2018. Seventeen-year-old Dimitrios Pagourtzis is charged with capital murder in the shooting rampage. A judge denied him bond at a court hearing Friday evening. (Photo: David J. Phillip/AP)


Flowers are left at a makeshift memorial after a vigit at Texas First Bank near Santa Fe High School on May 19, 2018, in Santa Fe, Texas. (Photo: Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images)


Friends and family attend a vigil held at the First Bank in Santa Fe for the victims of a shooting incident at Santa Fe High School where a shooter killed at least 10 students on May 18, 2018 in Santa Fe, Texas. (Photo: Bob Levey/Getty Images)


Friends and family attend a vigil held at the First Bank in Santa Fe for the victims of a shooting incident at Santa Fe High School where a shooter killed at least 10 students on May 18, 2018 in Santa Fe, Texas. (Photo: Bob Levey/Getty Images)


Santa Fe High School students gather in prayer during a vigil following a shooting at Santa Fe High School in Santa Fe, Texas, on Friday, May 18, 2018. Seventeen-year-old Dimitrios Pagourtzis is charged with capital murder in the deadly shooting rampage. (Photo: Jennifer Reynolds/The Galveston County Daily News via AP)


Dr. Leigh Wall, Superintendent of the Santa Fe school district during a vigil held at the First Bank in Santa Fe for the victims of a shooting incident at Santa Fe High School where a shooter killed at least 10 students on May 18, 2018 in Santa Fe, Texas. (Photo: Bob Levey/Getty Images)


Women embrace during a prayer vigil following a shooting at Santa Fe High School in Santa Fe, Texas, on Friday, May 18, 2018. Seventeen-year-old Dimitrios Pagourtzis is charged with capital murder in the deadly shooting rampage. (Photo: Stuart Villanueva The Galveston County Daily News via AP)


Abigail Adams, right, comforts her friend Hannah Hershey, 13, during a vigil for the victims of the Santa Fe High School shooting Friday, May 18, 2018, in Santa Fe, Texas. Hershey said she knew one of the people who were killed at the high school earlier that day. (Photo: Godofredo A. Vasquez/Houston Chronicle via AP)


Students and community members bow their heads during a prayer vigil following a shooting at Santa Fe High School in Santa Fe, Texas, on Friday, May 18, 2018. (Photo: Stuart Villanueva/The Galveston County Daily News via AP)


People place flowers in honor for the victims of the Santa Fe High School shooting during a vigil at Texas First Bank Friday, May 18, 2018, in Santa Fe, Texas. (Photo: Godofredo A. Vasquez/Houston Chronicle via AP)


Gabriel San Miguel, right, removes a bandage from his son’s, Santa Fe High School student Abel San Miguel, back after attending a prayer vigil following a shooting at Santa Fe High School in Santa Fe, Texas, on Friday, May 18, 2018. San Miguel was inside a classroom when a gunman opened fire. (Photo: David J. Phillip/AP)


Roses are held up during a prayer vigil following a shooting at Santa Fe High School in Santa Fe, Texas, on Friday, May 18, 2018. Dimitrios Pagourtzis, 17, has been charged with capital murder in the Friday morning deadly shooting in Santa Fe, near Houston and Galveston. (Photo: David J. Phillip/AP)


A tear rolls down the face of Sante Fe High School junior Paige Keenan during a prayer vigil following a shooting at Santa Fe High School in Santa Fe, Texas, on Friday, May 18, 2018. (Photo: David J. Phillip/AP)


Students embrace during a vigil held at the Texas First Bank after a shooting left several people dead at Santa Fe High School in Santa Fe, Texas, May 18, 2018. (Photo: Trish Badger/Reuters)


A woman pauses at a table with 10 candles, roses and bibles displayed during a prayer vigil following a deadly shooting at Santa Fe High School in Santa Fe, Texas, on Friday, May 18, 2018. (Photo: David J. Phillip/AP)


Ten candles, roses and bibles are displayed on a table during a prayer vigil following a shooting at Santa Fe High School in Santa Fe, Texas, on Friday, May 18, 2018. (Photo: David J. Phillip/AP)


Hannah Harrison carries roses during a prayer vigil following a deadly shooting at Santa Fe High School in Santa Fe, Texas, on Friday, May 18, 2018. (Photo: David J. Phillip/AP)