Relatives of the shooting victims and survivors have attended most of the public hearings on Pagourtzis’ case. Many had expressed hope that the trial would stay in Galveston County.

But the move to Fort Bend County was largely seen as a positive, close enough for the families.

Sonia Lopez, whose daughter, Sarah Salazar, was seriously wounded during the shooting and finally discharged from the hospital Friday, said she was “very satisfied” the trial is only a bit more than an hour’s drive from her home in Santa Fe.

“I’m very satisfied that it’s going to be close to us,” Lopez said. “I was a little anxious because I didn’t know if they were going to move it out of state