As I’m sure most have you have heard there has been a shooting at Marysville-Pilchuck High School in Marysville, Washington. What’s being reported so far is that one person and the gunman are both dead with varying reports stating that multiple people have been injured. The gunman reportedly took his own life.
In these types of situations it’s better to wait until the dust settles so we have all the information. Usually in school shootings early information turns out to be misinformation. Having said that it probably won’t be until at least tomorrow before I post more about the shooting.
This is not the first school shooting to happen in the Seattle area this year as in June of this year Aaron Ybarra opened fire at Seattle Pacific University killing student Paul Lee.
Sometimes these shooters are looking for fame or infamy with their actions. With the increased frequency that these kind of shootings keep happening more than likely their names will be lost to history.
UPDATE: The dead gunman has been identified as Jaylen Fryberg.
UPDATE 10/25/2014: Fryberg was a popular athlete who was even named his school’s homecoming prince. Reports are stating that the girl he shot and killed was a romantic interest who spurned his advances. Somehow I get the feeling we’ll still here how he was ‘bullied’ somehow. The deceased girl’s identity has not yet been made public.
Two of Fryberg’s victims that were wounded were two of his own cousins, Andrew Fryberg, 15, and Nate Hatch, 14. Both were shot in the head and are in serious and critical condition respectively. It’s one thing to have to deal with when there’s a killer in your family, it’s another when the victims are your family as well.
UPDATE II 10/25/2014: The female victim who was fatally shot by Fryberg has been identified as Zoe Galasso. A GoFundMe page has been set up in order to help with her funeral costs.
The two girls who were wounded are 14-year-olds Shaylee Chuckulnaskit and Gia Soriano. Both are still in Intensive care after also being shot in the head.
My thoughts and prayers go out to all the friends and family of the victims involved.
UPDATE 10/27/2014: I was saddened to read that 14-year-old Gia Soriano passed away yesterday. If anyone knows of a charity or fund that has been set up in her name please let me know in the comments.