Jack Janoe says he knew one of the victims who died at Santa Fe High School during Friday’s shooting. 64-year-old Glenda "Ann" Perkins, a teacher there.
Our sister station KRIV says she was in the art room when she was killed.
“Well I received a phone call and I’m a physician in League City and have been for about 30 something years and I got a phone call from my nurse today who has children in the Santa Fe school district and she informed me that one of my patients Ann Perkins was the substitute teacher that was killed today in the shooting,” Janoe says.
Janoe knew her as Ann and says he was her doctor for many years in League City, about 12 miles north of Santa Fe. “She was funny, personable so I’m sure all her students liked her. It doesn't surprise me that she got up this morning and went to work like all of us as a substitute which means she helped which doesn't surprise me. She probably filled in at the last minute."
The Galveston County District Attorney, Medical Examiner's Office and Sheriff's Office have released the names who were shot and killed:
- teacher Glenda “Ann” Perkins
- teacher Cynthia Tisdale
- student Kimberly Vaughan
- student Shana Fisher
- student Angelique Ramirez
- student Christian Riley Garcia
- student Jared Black
- student Sabika Sheikh
- student Christopher Jake Stone
- student Aaron Kyle McLeod
Janoe and many others showed up to the come-and-go prayer vigil at Bay Harbour United Methodist Church hours after the shooting. “And when I heard the news. It was now personal. I said a prayer and for some reason I think God told me to do more so I just wanted to come here and give my respects and let everyone know what a wonderful person she was."
A group called Faithful Friends were also there. They hope love from their furry friends are able to help ease the pain for those who are grieving.
Shari Ferguson is the founder of the volunteer group.
“Sometimes people can express feelings more towards an animal than they can to another human being so that's what we came up here to do and they're all temperament tested.''
Faithful Friends will be at a vigil on Sunday at Walter Hall Park offering their free services.
"We want to get in touch with the right people at Santa Fe ISD so we can let them know we can be available when the kids go back to school. Sometimes that first day back is really really tough so having someone sit in the classroom with them can help a lot."