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Sheriff: Marysville Shooter Invited Victims To Lunch

Jaylen Fryberg, the 15-year-old who shot five friends in the cafeteria at Marysville-Pilchuck High School in October.. Jaylen and four of the friends died.

Jaylen Fryberg had texted the five friends he shot on Friday to lunch, Snohomish County Sheriff Ty Trenary said on Monday.

At 10:40 a.m. on Friday, those friends – two boys who were cousins and three girls – were at the lunch table with Fryberg, Trenary said, when he shot them each in the head.

With a fifth bullet, he turned the .40-caliber Beretta handgun toward himself and shot. He died almost immediately.

Zoe Galasso, 14, died at the scene. Gia Soriano, 14, died on Sunday night at Providence Regional Medical Center in Everett.

Shaylee Chuckulnaskit, 14, remains in critical condition in intensive care at Providence Regional Medical Center Everett.

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Fifteen-year-old Andrew Fryberg, Jaylen Fryberg's cousin, is in critical condition in intensive care at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle.

Of the wounded students, only 14-year-old Nate Hatch has shown improvement. The Associated Press reported that he was upgraded to satisfactory condition on Monday morning at Harborview.

The gun, Trenary said, was legally owned by a member of Jaylen Fryberg’s family.

Detectives are now combing through phone records and text messages to better understand what led to Friday’s shooting at Marysville Pilchuck High School.

“I think the question everyone wants to know is why,” Trenary said. “I don’t think we’ll ever find out why. Sometimes the why is elusive. It’s more important to focus on the pain and anguish.”

Jaylen Fryberg was described by classmates as popular and well-liked. He had been crowned homecoming prince weeks before. He had a winning smile, played football, posed in photos with girls and was an active member of the Tulalip Tribes.