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Marysville shooting survivors identified

Gunman was crowned homecoming prince

October 26, 2014

One day after gun violence took two lives and wounded four other people in Marysville, Wash., more is being learned about the gunman and the scene of panic that erupted in a high school cafeteria Friday morning. Students of Marysville-Pilchuck High School describe a desperate scene- and a member of the school’s staff is being credited with helping to prevent more killing.

Officials haven’t publicly released the name of the gunman or the victims: a news conference is scheduled for Saturday afternoon. But students and media outlets have identified him a Jaylen Fryberg, a popular freshman at the school whose family is prominent in the Tulalip Tribes in the community about 30 miles north of Seattle.

When a gunman opened fire at students in a school cafeteria in Washington State on Friday, he was not shooting at random targets, his relative said. Jaylen Fryberg, who witnesses said gunned down students at Marysville-Pitchuck High School, is the cousin of two of the wounded, their grandfather said.

“All three of them are cousins, and they live right close to each other,” Don Hatch told CNN affiliate KOMO.

By the time the shooting was over, two people- the gunman and a female student- were dead and four were wounded, according to authorities.

Three teens wounded Friday in the shooting in the high school cafeteria remain in critical condition Sunday at hospitals in Everett and Seattle. A fourth wounded teen is in serious condition.

One girl died at the school. The Snohomish County Medical Examiner’s Office has not yet released her identity, but she was identified as Zoe Galasso by a family friend who said he had been in touch with the girl’s mother about a fundraising website in her honor.

The investigation has shown that a school employee tried to stop Fryberg, according to the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office. Randy Davis, the president of the Marysville Education Association, told NBC News that he has heard from school district officials that Megan Silberberger, a social studies teacher “did play a part in trying to stop the shooting.” This year was Silberberger’s first as a full-time teacher at eh school, Davis said.

Fellow students have described Fryberg as a “nice guy”, who was proud of his Native American heritage and a member of the Tulalip Tribes, as well as the school’s wrestling and football teams. He had also recently been crowned freshman homecoming prince.


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