Washington school shooting claims third victim
(CNN) — A third victim of last week’s shooting at a Washington state high school has died, according to the hospital that treated victims.
Shaylee Chuckulnaskit, 14, died Friday afternoon at Providence Regional Medical Center “as a result of severe injuries” from the shooting at Marysville-Pilchuck High School.
The Chuckulnaskit family released the following statement:
“Our hearts are broken at the passing of our beautiful daughter. Shay means everything to us. In Shay’s short life she has been a radiant light bringing us incredible joy and happiness. She has been a loving daughter, a caring sister, a devoted friend and a wonderful part of our community. We can’t imagine life without her.
We have been overwhelmed by the thoughtfulness and support of our family, friends and community. We are deeply grateful for all the acts of kindness that have come our way. We especially want to thank the medics and Providence staff who have cared for Shay.
We request that everyone please provide us the privacy we need so we can grieve our loss. Thank you.”
Last week, 14-year-old Jaylen Fryberg, a popular freshman, opened fire on five classmates before killing himself.
According to KCPQ, Gia Soriano, Zoe Galasso, and Shaylee Chuckulnaskit, all 14-years-old, have died.
Two others, Andrew Fryberg, 15 and Nate Hatch, 14, remain in the hospital.
Andrew Fryberg is in critical condition with a head wound, and Nate Hatch is in satisfactory condition with a gunshot wound to his jaw.
Andrew and Nate were Jaylen’s cousins.
Snohomish County Sheriff Ty Trenary told reporters Jaylen Fryberg invited the victims to the same lunch table.
“It’s our understanding he (invited them) via texting,” Trenary told reporters.
According to a law enforcement source, witnesses said Jaylen pulled the gun out of a black backpack before he began firing.
Investigators are still working on a motive for the shooting.