Witnesses say Jaylen Fryberg a popular freshman, opened fire Friday in the crowded lunchroom at Washington State high school. He died in the attack, authorities ruled the death a suicide Monday. Authority’s also determined that the gun used belonged to Jaylen’s father.
Since the attack church vigils have taken place, people gathering and writing condolences in the nearby communities.The shootings have sent shock waves throughout the community.
Matt Remle, who has an office at Marysville-Pilchuck High School said he knew Fryberg and the other students well. "My office has been a comfort space for Native students," he said. "Many will come by and have lunch there, including the kids involved in the shooting”. They all were "really happy, smiling kids," Remle said. "They were a polite group. A lot of the kids from the freshman class were close-knit and loving”. "These were not kids who were isolated," he said. "They had some amazing families”. These factors make the shooting that much more difficult to deal with, "Maybe it would be easier if we knew the answer," Remle said. "But we may never know”.
Zoe Galasso a student at Marysville-Pilchuck High School died at the scene Friday, four others injured were hospitalized with fatal injuries said authorities. Of the wounded students and cousins of Jaylen Fryberg were14-year-old Nate Hatch who remains in serious condition in intensive care at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle and fifteen-year-old Andrew Fryberg who also in critical condition in intensive care. And 14-year-old Shaylee Chuckulnaskit remains in critical condition in intensive care at Providence Regional Medical Center Everett.
Sunday night news came that Gia Soriano, 14, who had been in critical condition with head injuries, succumbed to her wounds at the Providence Regional Medical Center died. "We are devastated by this senseless tragedy," Gia's family said in a statement. "Gia is our beautiful daughter and words cannot express how much we will miss her." The family will donate her organs.
The violence at Marysville-Pilchuck High School marked the latest in a series of deadly rampages at American schools that have played a central role in a national debate over gun laws. In 2012, a 20-year-old gunman entered Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, and killed 20 children and six adults before taking his own life in one of the deadliest mass shootings in U.S. history.