Jaylen Fryberg

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2 Sep, 2015

Texts revealed

Makes Statement

Investigators say Fryberg sent a series of text before the shooting, including his funeral plans. At 10:25am, he sent via Facebook Messenger a photo of a pistol between his legs and asking that an unidentified person call him ‘before he did “this thing”.’ At 10:27 a.m., he spoke with a friend for two minutes and then sent a message to his father saying

read the paper on my bed. Dad I love you.

Four seconds after that he sent a group text with his funeral plans.

I want to be fully dressed in Camo in my casket. I don’t want my family to cancel there (sic) trip in December. Put my hat with the S on it on me in my casket. Make sure all of my trust money or whatever goes to my brother. Also apologize to Andrews fam and xx fam for me taking them with me. But I needed to ride or dies with me on the other side…Make sure everyone’s family goes to grams for dinner….You guys need to cook all that deer meat gram canned and the meet (sic) that’s in the downstairs freezer at our house.

29 Oct, 2014

Tribe denounces shooting

The Tulalip tribe, of which Fryberg was an active member, issues a statement (full text here):

The Tulalip Tribes denounce the horrific actions of Jaylen Fryberg, who took the lives of two of his classmates and grievously injured three others. All of the young people he attacked were his friends, and two were his cousins. Parents and children alike are struggling to understand what caused him to act in such a manner. Even though we may never know why, there can be no justification for taking the lives of others. These were the acts of an individual, not a family, not a tribe.

27 Oct, 2014

Texted friends to meet in cafeteria

Snohomish County Sheriff Ty Trenary tells a news conference that the five students were all at a lunch table when they were shot by Fryberg. Fryberg had texted them to meet with him there. Trenary also confirms that the .40-caliber handgun used in the shooting had been legally purchased by one of Fryberg’s relatives. It remains unclear how Fryberg obtained the weapon. Trenary said that while a teacher tried to intervene, she did not have any physical contact with the gunman before he killed himself.


Racial argument

Fryberg is reported to have recently been involved in an argument with another student, which had racial overtones. A student:

[He] did have an incident the other day when a kid was being somewhat racist, and he punched him.

Second student:

[He] got into an argument with someone who made a racist comment [a couple of weeks ago.] I’d understand if he was angry about that, but other than that, he wasn’t bullied or anything like that. He seemed like he was really happy. He seemed like a popular kid.


School statement

The school releases a statement on the lockdown status:

The Marysville School District lock down procedures will remain in effect at Pilchuck until further notice from law enforcement. We will continue to forward communication in cooperation with law enforcement.

It says students at the campus are being relocated to Shoultes Community Church at the corner of 116th and 51st Street, and buses will take students home from there or their parents can come and pick them up.


Student opens fire in cafeteria

Marysville-Pilchuck High School, a school of around 2500 students, in the 5600 block of 108th Street NE, Marysville, WA, is placed on lockdown around 10:45 a.m. Pacific Time (13:45 Eastern) as staff and students call 911 after multiple gunshots in the cafeteria.

A witness says he saw Jaylen Fryberg come into the Marysville-Pilchuck High School cafeteria, walk over to a table, pull out a gun and shoot students who were sitting there. Witnesses describe Freyberg’s actions during the shooting:

[He] was just staring down every one of his victims as he shot them.

Another witness says the attack on the students was targeted:

[Fryberg] came up from behind … and fired about six bullets into the backs of them. They were his friends, so it wasn’t just random

A student who was in the cafeteria says she saw the suspect pull out the gun and stand up. She says she heard five shots before she ran for the exit.

Another student says the shooter was angry at a girl who would not date him, and that the girl was one of the people shot. Students report pandemonium in the lunchroom after the shooting, with dozens rushing for doors and then jumping a fence to escape. Freshman Austin Wright said every exit in lunchroom was jammed with kids escaping:

I heard three gunshots and I ran.

A student who was in the cafeteria when the shooting began tells CNN he called the police and then gave his phone to a teacher. He says blood was ‘everywhere’.

Law enforcement sources say two students are dead, including the shooter, who turned the gun on himself. Four of the injured are taken by ambulance to Providence Regional Medical Center in Everett. Three, all young people, are in critical condition, with head injuries. A fourth person with lesser injuries is transferred to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle. Marysville Police Commander Robb Lamoureux:

It is an active scene. We do ask parents to please stay away.

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