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October 27, 2014 at 7:51 AM

Medical examiner identifies two in Marysville school shooting

The Snohomish County Medical Examiner’s Office has formally identified the first victim killed by a classmate in the cafeteria of Marysville-Pilchuck High School on Friday morning as Zoe Galasso.

In a news release issued Monday morning, the medical examiner’s office said that Galasso, 14, died of “a handgun wound of the head.” Her slaying has been classified as a homicide.

Medical examiner’s staff also identified the gunman, Jaylen Fryberg. Fryberg, 15, also died of a handgun wound to the head, the medical examiner’s office said. His death has been classified as a suicide.

On Sunday night, a second victim died from her injuries. Gia Soriano, 14, died at Providence Regional Medical Center in Everett, a hospital official said at a news conference. She had been hospitalized in critical condition since the shooting.

Three other teens wounded in the shooting remain hospitalized. Two are in critical condition, but one appears to be recovering.

Shaylee Chuckulnaskit, 14, was in critical condition at Providence Regional Medical Center. Hospital officials said Sunday she was “receiving ongoing, continual monitoring and care.”

Andrew Fryberg, 15, was in critical condition in the intensive-care unit at Seattle’s Harborview Medical Center, hospital spokeswoman Susan Gregg wrote in a news release.

The third injured teen, Nate Hatch, 14, was also in Harborview’s intensive-care unit, but his condition has improved to satisfactory, according to Gregg. Hatch is awake and breathing on his own, Gregg said.

Dr. Joanne Roberts, chief medical officer for Providence Everett, read a short statement written by Soriano’s family on Sunday night:

“We are devastated by this senseless tragedy. 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.”

Investigators are still searching for a motive in the shooting. On Sunday, the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office released no new information on the investigation.

The high school, home to some 2,000 students, is closed all week in honor of the victims.

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