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October 26, 2014 at 10:09 AM

Marysville girl shot by classmate dies Sunday night in Everett

UPDATED at 9:45 p.m.

A freshman girl shot by a classmate at Marysville-Pilchuck High School has died at Providence Regional Medical Center Everett.

Gia Soriano, 14, died at about 9:30 p.m. Sunday, hospital officials announced at a news conference.

Her classmate,  Shaylee Chuckulnaskit, 14, remains in critical condition, according to the hospital.

“We are devastated by this senseless tragedy,” the family said in a statement read by a hospital spokeswoman. “Gia is our beautiful daughter and words cannot express how much we will miss her. We’ve made the decision to donate Gia’s organs so that others may benefit. Our daughter was loving, kind and this gift honors her life.”

The family thanked the  hospital staff, and asked people to respect their privacy while they grieve.

Soriano is the second student to die at the hand of a popular classmate, who shot his friends Friday morning as they were sitting in the school cafeteria.

Another victim, Andrew Fryberg, one of the two boys wounded in the shooting, was in critical condition in the intensive-care unit at Seattle’s Harborview Medical Center, hospital spokeswoman Susan Gregg wrote in a news release Sunday.

The fourth teen injured, Nate Hatch, 14, was also in the intensive-care unit but his condition is improving, according to Gregg. He was listed in serious condition in the hospital’s trauma center.

The boys’ conditions remained unchanged as of the Sunday afternoon update, the hospital said. The next condition update will come Monday morning.

The Snohomish County Medical Examiner’s Office has not released the name of the student who died at the school. 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 shooter was identified by classmates Friday as freshman Jaylen Fryberg. After shooting the three girls and two boys, he turned the gun on himself.

The motive for Fryberg’s actions is still under investigation. The two wounded boys are Jaylen Fryberg’s cousins.

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Joanne Roberts, the chief medical officer at Providence Regional Medical Center, reads a statement from the family of Gia Soriano, 14, after  announcing at a press conference at Providence that the teenager passed away this evening. Soriano’s family is donating her organs. (Lindsey Wasson / The Seattle Times)

 

 

ORIGINAL POST:

MARYSVILLE – It has been a time of shaken beliefs, the pastors at The Grove Church told the hundreds in attendance Sunday morning.

At the first of four services at the large church, some 300 to 400 people listened as pastors addressed Friday’s shooting that left two teens dead and four others wounded at Marysville-Pilchuck High School.

Andrew Munoz, senior associate pastor, recounted how he felt at the death of his father seven years ago.

“Why would you do this? I doubted God,” said Munoz.

The answer, he told the parishioners, was that Jesus Christ was telling him then — and them now — “I want you to turn to me. I’m familiar with pain, so I can help you with your pain.”

The Grove Church is a modern church, where the pastors wear jeans and speak on a stage backed up by guitars, a drum and keyboard. Lyrics to hymns are displayed on a large screen. It’s one of the most popular churches in Marysville.

Among those attending were Angelica Lind, 34; her husband, Matt Lind, 37; and their daughter, Elise, 4, of Lake Stevens.

Angelica is a graduate of Marysville-Pilchuck and she could picture exactly where the shooting took place in the cafeteria.

She still is trying to deal with the news.

“That’s the way it is now, all messed up,” she said about what has become regular news about school shootings.

The mom raised her hand in praise at the message from Munoz.

Angelica hugged her daughter.

“It’ll take time,” she said.

Munoz told those in attendance the shooting “does not define us as a city, as a community … We’re not going to be living in panic.”

For those in the crowded church there was solace in Munoz’s words.

The three teens wounded by a fellow student in the Marysville-Pilchuck cafeteria remained in critical condition Sunday at hospitals in Everett and Seattle. A fourth wounded teen is in serious condition.

Gia Soriano and Shaylee Chuckulnaskit, both 14, were in critical condition at Providence Regional Medical Center in Everett. Hospital officials said Sunday morning the girls are “receiving ongoing, continual monitoring and care.”

“Both girls continue to be surrounded by family and loved ones, and Providence is doing everything possible to support the physical, emotional and spiritual needs of all who have been affected by this tragedy,” the hospital said in a news release.

Andrew Fryberg, one of the two boys wounded in the shooting, was in critical condition in the intensive-care unit at Seattle’s Harborview Medical Center, hospital spokeswoman Susan Gregg wrote in a news release Sunday.

The fourth teen injured, Nate Hatch, 14, was also in the intensive- care unit but his condition is improving, according to Gregg. He was listed in serious condition in the hospital’s trauma center.

The boys’ conditions remained unchanged as of the Sunday afternoon update, the hospital said. The next condition update will come Monday morning.

One girl died at the school. The Snohomish County Medical Examiner’s Office has not released her name, 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 shooter was identified by classmates Friday as freshman Jaylen Fryberg. After shooting the three girls and two boys, he turned the gun on himself.

The motive for Fryberg’s actions is still under investigation. The two wounded boys are Jaylen Fryberg’s cousins.

Meanwhile, the Carolina Panthers observed a moment of silence for the victims of the shooting before the start of Sunday’s game against the Seahawks in Charlotte, N.C.

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