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Another victim of Friday’s shooting rampage at a Washington State high school has died. Gia Soriano, just 14, was taken off life support late Sunday and died at 9:30 p.m. local time at Providence Regional Medical Center Everett. Soriano, Zoe Galasso and three other teens were shot by 14-year-old Jaylen Fryberg at Marysville-Pilchuck High School before he turned the gun on himself.
Washington State high school “homecoming prince” opened fire in the cafeteria Friday, killing a girl on the spot and wounding four other people before fatally shooting himself, police and witnesses said. Moreover a hospital official said three patients were in “very critical condition” with head wounds after the shooting at Marysville Pilchuck High School about 10:30 a.m. (1:30 p.m. ET). Two of them were later taken to a Seattle hospital, including a 15-year-old boy who remained in critical condition. Police said all of the wounded were under the age of 18.
Police said the shooter, whom law enforcement sources identified as freshman Jaylen Ray Fryberg, died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. Classmates described him as popular, and just last week, he was crowned homecoming prince at a football game.
“We are devastated by this senseless tragedy,” her family said in a statement, read at a news conference by Dr. Joanne Roberts. “Gia is our beautiful daughter, and words cannot express how much we will miss her.” Roberts said Gia’s family was donating her organs for transplant.
Of the wounded students, only 14-year-old Nate Hatch showed improvement, though he remained in serious condition in intensive care at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle. Fifteen-year-old Andrew Fryberg also remained in critical condition in intensive care. Both are cousins of Jaylen Fryberg. Meanwhile, 14-year-old Shaylee Chuckulnaskit remained in critical condition in intensive care at Providence Regional Medical Center.
Fryberg died in the attack, after a first-year teacher intervened. It’s unclear if he intentionally killed himself or if the gun went off in a struggle with a teacher. While police have not confirmed a motive, multiple sources suggest that Fryberg was angry about a romantic relationship. A friend of one of the female victims told Reuters that Fryberg may have been fighting over her with one of his cousins.
The girl killed Friday hasn’t been officially identified.