Washington School Shooting Victim Gia Soriano Dies

One of the four students wounded in last week's horrific Washington school shooting has been taken off of life support. Gia Soriano, 14, is the second female student to die in a senseless and sad tragedy that took place at Marysville Pilchuck High School after 15-year-old Jaylen Fryberg opened fire in the school cafeteria, fatally shooting student Zoe Galasso and seriously wounding Gia and three other students. Until late last night, Gia remained in critical condition at Providence Regional Medical Center after Fryberg shot her in the head.

In a statement on behalf of the Soriano family, Dr. Joanne Roberts said, "We are devastated by this senseless tragedy. Gia is our beautiful daughter and words cannot express how much we will miss her."

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Fryberg, who was a homecoming prince and popular football player, reportedly planned the attack at his school because he was heartbroken over losing a girlfriend to another guy. The shooter, who belonged to the Tulalip Indian tribe and was known as an "up-and-coming leader" among his family members, reportedly used his father's licensed gun to shoot Soriano, Galasso and three other teens -- including his cousins Andrew Fryberg, 15, and Nathan Hatch, 14. Jaylen then used the gun to kill himself.

Andrew is reportedly in critical condition and Hatch is in serious condition at Seattle's Harborview Medical Center. Shaylee Chuckulnaskit, 14, remains in critical condition at Provident Regional Medical Center.

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There are no words to describe the sadness and confusion we all feel as a nation watching our children kill one another. Fryberg's Twitter page gives us a glimpse into the world of a young teen who feels loss and isn't sure how to handle it -- but was his any different from the heartbreak most of us experienced at some point in our teens? How and why did he make that leap and decide to end it all -- for himself and the peers we presume he once cared about?

Instead of standing apart, the school's community is reportedly trying to stick together and get through this for the sake of its grieving students. On Gia's Facebook page, countless tributes have been posted, most of which mourn the loss of a "beautiful" freshman who was taken much too soon from this earth. Her family made the decision to donate her organs for transplant.

 

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