Gia Soriano, a 14-year-old girl injured in the Marysville school shooting in Seattle, died Sunday night, bringing the number of people dead in the tragedy to three. Apart from the shooter, Jaylen Fryberg, who killed himself, another student, Zoe Galasso, died in the attack, reports the USA Today.
Three other teenagers, Shaylee Chuckulnaskit, Nate Hatch, and Andrew Fryberg, remain in critical condition include. However, only Nate Hatch is showing some signs of improvement. Gia Soriano was also among the grievously injured – before she passed away late on Sunday. Her family members, devastated by her death, have issued a statement.
“We are devastated by this senseless tragedy. Gia is our beautiful daughter and words cannot express how much we will miss her.”
The shooter Jaylen Fryberg was a popular student at the Marysville Pilchuck High School. While it is unclear why he decided to take this extreme step of turning the gun on his own classmates, it is now being reported that he had left several cues about such a thing happening. Jaylen opened fire inside the bustling cafeteria of the school, killing one girl and injuring at least four others. He later turned the gun on himself and took his own life after a teacher intervened.
It is unclear at this stage whether Jaylen did intentionally kill himself or he was injured after the gun went off during the struggle with the teacher. The teacher, Megan Silberberger, is being hailed a hero for her daring and successful attempt to stop the shooter from taking more lives, as the Inquisitr already reported. The injured students from the Marysville school shootout have been admitted to the Harborview Medical Center in Seattle where they are undergoing treatment in intensive care.
What is perplexing about Jaylen Fryberg’s decision to open fire at his own schoolmates was the fact that two of the seriously injured teenagers are Jaylen’s own cousins. Jaylen was described as a popular football player and was a popular student at the school. Apart from being named homecoming prince recently, he was also a member of a well-respected Native American family.
Meanwhile, several memorial services and community meetings were held in the neighborhood following the Marysville school shootout. Young people hugged each other, cried, and spoke about their friends who had passed away. On Sunday, members of the Tulalip Indian reservation tribe played drums and sang songs. Jaylen was a member of this Native Indian community.
The Marysville school shootout is the latest among several such shootouts that have been reported from the United States over the past few years. Earlier this year, another youngster Elliot Rodger from Isla Vista turned the gun on himself before killing several others.
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