Washington Shooting Victim Gia Soriano Dies, Three Others Still Remain Hospitalized
More tragic news out of Washington: A second victim of the Marysville-Pilchuck High School shooting died on Sunday, according to officials at Providence Regional Medical Center Everett. Gia Soriano, 14, was in critical condition with a severe head wound following Friday's school shooting, which now leaves three dead, including 15-year-old gunman Jaylen Fryberg, and three others seriously injured, with two in critical condition. Two of the victims who remain hospitalized are cousins of Fryberg.
Soriano's family released a brief statement via hospital officials during a Sunday night press conference, expressing their heartbreak over the sudden loss of their "loving, kind" daughter:
We are devastated by this senseless tragedy. Gia is our beautiful daughter and words cannot express how much we will miss her. ... We ask that you please respect our privacy and give us the space and time we need to grieve and spend time together as a family in memory of Gia.
The family also said that they decided to donate Soriano's organs, so "that others may benefit." They added that "this gift" to others "honors her life."
Hospital officials said on Sunday that the shooting was "a senseless tragedy" that has "deeply affected Providence [Medical Center] caregivers and our community." The officials also asked for the media to respect the privacy of Soriano's family so "they can grieve in peace."
According to representatives at Providence Medical Center, a moment of silence will be held on Monday at 10:39 a.m. — the time of the shooting. Hospital officials said the moment will be used to "collectively offer our thoughts and prayers" to the Marysville community.
Community members have identified the first victim of Friday's deadly shooting as Zoe Glasso, also 14, according to CNN. Two other students, 14-year-old Shaylee Chuckulnaskit and 15-year-old Andrew Fryberg, are currently in critical condition. Nate Hatch, 14, remains in serious condition.
A vigil was held inside the Marysville-Pilchuck High School gym on Sunday, allowing students, teachers and community members to mourn the victims of the shooting and pray for those who remain hospitalized. Students and parents were also taken into separate areas, where they discussed how to move forward from the tragic event.
Authorities say the motive for the shooting is still unclear. Jaylen Fryberg was, by all accounts, a happy and popular teenager, who was just voted homecoming prince by his fellow classmates. There's been speculation about his social media account, which painted a bleak portrait of a troubled, angry teen. Fryberg also targeted his two male cousins during the shooting for unknown reasons.
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