Washington School Shooting Claims Another Victim


Gia Soriano

October 27, 2014

Second Washington school shooting victim dies

One of the four students seriously wounded in a Washington high school shooting on Friday has died.

A 14-year-old girl who was shot by a high school classmate in an attack in the school’s cafeteria on Friday in this northern suburb of Seattle died late Sunday, hospital officials said.

Gia Soriano was sitting with friends when Jaylen Ray Fryberg, also 14 and a freshman, opened fire with a .40-caliber handgun during a lunch period, witnesses said. In a span of minutes, he killed another female classmate and seriously wounded four others, including Gia, each of them his childhood friends and two of them his relatives, before dying by a bullet from his own gun.

The attack has gripped this community, raising questions about why a popular 14-year-old boy would turn on classmates with lethal malice, as the wounded have fought for their lives in hospitals.

Gia’s family said in a statement posted on the Facebook page of Providence Regional Medical Center in Everett that her organs would be donated to help others. “We are devastated by this senseless tragedy. Gia is our beautiful daughter, and words cannot express how much we will miss her,” the family said.

Gia Soriano, 14, was shot in the head during the morning shooting at Marysville-Pilchuck High School, which is located north of Seattle. She died Sunday night after remaining in critical condition at Providence Regional Medical Center in Everett during the weekend.

“We are devastated by this senseless tragedy,” Dr. Joanne Roberts, chief medical officer at Providence Regional, said on behalf of the Soriano family. “Gia is our beautiful daughter and words cannot express how much we will miss her.”

Soriano was the second young woman to succumb to her injuries after Jaylen Fryberg, a 14-year-old freshman, allegedly opened fire Friday morning in the school cafeteria, initially killing fellow schoolmate.

Zoe Galasso and critically wounding four others before turning the gun on himself. Shaylee Chuckulnaskit, 14, and Andrew Fryberg, 15, remained in critical condition more than three days after the incident. Nate Hatch, 14, who was upgraded to satisfactory condition at Seattle’s Harborview Medical Center, was awake and breaking on his own by Monday morning, said. Susan Gregg, hospital spokesperson.

Late Saturday, the president of the local teachers’ union released a statement from Ms. Silberberger saying that she has asked for time to heal. Her statement was simple and direct.

“This teacher did everything possible to protect students,” she said.

Jaylen came from a prominent family on the Tulalip Indian Reservation near Marysville, and the tribe’s chairman, Herman Williams Sr., issued a joint statement on Sunday with the city of Marysville, saying the two governments were collaborating fully in the investigation into the shooting, and the larger response in the community.

“The Tulalip Tribes and the city of Marysville stand together,” Mr. Williams said in the statement. “Our priority is now on our children and young people.”

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