A 14 year old victim injured during a high school shooting at Marysville-Pilchuk High School died. She raises the number of victims to two; another girl was killed by gunman Jaylen Fryberg. Three others remain hospitalized from the Friday shooting at Marysville-Pilchuck High School, 30 miles north of Seattle.
14 year old Gia Soriano,who has hospitalized in critical condition with head injuries succumbed to her wounds according to the hospital staff. According to witness statements, Fryberg opened fire in a lunchroom killing one student and injuring four before killing himself. Three other student victims remained hospitalized Sunday, with two in critical condition and another in serious condition. Earlier Sunday, parents and students gathered in a gymnasium at the school for a community meeting, with speakers urging support and prayers and tribal members playing drums and singing songs. Fryberg came from a prominent Tulalip Indian tribe’s family. During a news conference Doctor Joanne Roberts read a statement from Soriano’s relatives.
We are devastated by this senseless tragedy. Gia is our beautiful daughter and words cannot express how much we will miss her. We’ve made the decision to donate Gia’s organs so that others may benefit. Our daughter was loving, kind and this gift honors her life. Thank you to Providence for their excellent care — bar none — from beginning to end. Thank you to our friends and family who have supported us. Thank you to Drs. Bill Finley, Sanford Wright and Anita Tsen for their tremendous support and compassion. And thank you, to Bill and Ben with LifeCenter. We ask that you please respect our privacy and give us the space and time we need to grieve and spend time together as a family in memory of Gia.
Students remain confused as to the reason Fryberg shot his fellow classmates. Grandfather of one of the victims Nate Hatch spoke with KOMO station saying “Only God knows what escalated this.” “Nobody pushed a button with bullying. It’s just something that happened, and we don’t know why.” Students have provided details painting a chaotic picture of the events during the shooting. CNN interviewed fellow student Jordan Luton who says he was finishing his lunch when he first “heard a loud bang” and saw Jaylen shoot several students in the back. He believes this was not a random attack because Jaylen’s victims were his friends. Students are calling Megan Silberberger a hero. Silberberger is a teacher who confronted Jaylen. According to witnesses they say she grabbed his arm and intercepted him with the gun. Silberberger has continued to decline interviews with news outlets.