‘You’re no longer my brother': How school love triangle drove fifteen-year-old gunman to shoot the close cousin who took his girl – in attack that left one dead and four injured
- Jaylen Fryberg, 15, opened fire at Marysville-Pilchuck High School Friday
- Shot five before turning the gun on himself, one dead hasn’t been named
- Andrew Fryberg and Nate Hatch, believed to be his cousins, both shot
- Friends Gia Soriano and Shaylee Chuckulnaskit and were also struck
- It came weeks after he disowned Andrew on Twitter for ‘stealing his girl’
- ‘Popular’ Fryberg was homecoming prince, football player, gun enthusiast
- He was recently suspended from the team and ‘had been rejected by a girl’
School gunman Jaylen Fryberg publicly disowned his cousin for winning the girl he fancied – just weeks before shooting him in the head.
The popular 15-year-old shocked the community when he opened fire in Marysville-Pilchuck High School on Friday, killing one of his friends and critically wounding four more, including two relatives.
But it has since emerged that Jaylen was left heartbroken over a girl who rebuffed him for the cousin he treated like a brother: Andrew Fryberg.
In an ominous indication of the anger that spurred his deadly tirade, Jaylen tweeted last month: ‘Dude. She tells me everything. And now I f***ing HATE you! Your no longer my ‘Brother’!’
Friends say it was a reference to the fact that he was crushing on the girl dating Andrew, 15, who is now fighting for life.
The girl has not been officially named.
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Love triangle: Jaylen Fryberg (left) fell out with his cousin Andrew (right) for dating a girl he fancied. Just weeks later, Jaylen opened fire in the school cafeteria, shooting Andrew, another cousin, three friends and himself
Like brothers: Jaylen raged on Twitter weeks ago in an ominous indication of the anger that spurred his attack
Friends say Jaylen was crushing on a girl, who has not been officially named, but she started dating Andrew
The boys grew up together in the Native American Tulalip tribe along with Nate Hatch, 14, another brother-like cousin who is fighting for his life after the attack in Harborview Medical Center.
‘They’re just three complete buddies, and they couldn’t be closer than three brothers,’ according to Don Hatch, Nate’s grandfather and Andrew’s great uncle.
The two other surviving victims who are being treated for severe head wounds in Providence Regional Medical Center have been identified as Jaylen’s friends: Shaylee Chuckulnaskit and Gia Soriano, both 14.
According to KIRO-TV, Andrew is being treated in Seattle’s Harborview Medical Center for a gunshot wound to the head while Shaylee, who posed in the same photo with Fryberg, is in a ‘very critical’ condition in the Providence Regional Center in Everett.
While friends at first could not comprehend why Jaylen, a homecoming prince and football player, unleashed his attack, they all said he had not got over Andrew’s relationship with a girl he fancied.
He had also only recently returned to school after being suspended for a fight on a football field – believed to be caused by another playing directing ‘racist comments’ at him.
The popular schoolboy who was a member of the football and wrestling team shot five people with his ‘father’s gun’, killing one, before turning the gun on himself.
Bella Panjeli, speaking outside a vigil on Friday, said she attended a different school but was friends with one of the female victims, calling her ‘a beautiful girl and so, so sweet.’
Attack: Jaylen Fryberg (back circled) shot his cousins Nate Hatch (left circled) and Andrew Fryberg (right circled) and their friend Shaylee Chuckulnaskit (front circled) at Marysville-Pilchuck High School in Washington weeks after they posed for this picture at their homecoming dance. He also shot a further two girls
Victim: Jaylen’s cousin Nate Hatch is also in a ‘very critical condition’ in Providence Regional Medical Center in Washington, after being shot in the jaw. His grandfather says Jaylen, Andrew and Nate were ‘best buddies’
Fighting for life: Jaylen’s two friends Gia Soriano (left) and Shalyee Chuckulnaskit (right) were also shot
Tribe: Nate, Andrew and Jaylen (pictured at the front of the boat) grew up in the Native American Tulalip tribe
Shocked: The tribe’s chairman said the community is in total shock and had no idea Jaylen could do this
She also said Fryberg was in an ongoing dispute with his cousin over the victim’s affections.
‘I heard he asked her out and she rebuffed him and was with his cousin,’ Panjeli said, adding that she learned of the connection after talking to the victim’s family and friends. It was a fight over a girl.’
There were no indications on Fryberg’s social media accounts that he had been planning such a rampage, but on Tuesday he posted his feelings of despondency, apparently over a romantic split, on Twitter.
‘It breaks me… It actually does… I know it seems like I’m sweating it off… But I’m not.. And I never will be able to,’ he wrote.
A friend on Twitter said Jayden was ‘heartbroken’ over a girl and didn’t know what to do. She added that he ‘wasn’t a bad kid’.
A junior has also revealed that he had a brief conversation with Fryberg the morning of the attack.
Junior Nathan Heckendorf told CNN that the shooter had just returned to school after being suspended following a fight during football practice.
He said: ‘His final words that he said to me were about the fight. He said ‘It was an act of anger, and an act of aggression and I should have used words’.’
Students with their hands raised flee the scene of the shootings at Marysville-Pilchuck high school
Police attend the scene of the school shooting yesterday after student Jaylen Fryberg opened fire
Armed officers are pictured patrolling the grounds of Marysville-Pilchuck school after the shooting
Assailant: Jaylen Fryberg, 15, was crowned a homecoming prince at school before shooting five classmates
Ominous: Fryberg’s last tweet posted the night before the shooting read:’ It’s won’t last… It’ll never last….’
Describing the attack, Jordan Luton told the station: ‘He came up from behind and had a gun in his hand and he fired about eight bullets … They were his friends so it wasn’t just random.’
‘Then he turned and looked at me and my girlfriend … and kind of gave us a smirk and turned around and then shot more bullets outside,’
There could have been more victims of the attack, but teacher Megan Silberberger is believed to ran into the room and grabbed Jaylen’s arm before he could fire anymore bullets.
Authorities have also said a cafeteria worker attempted to stop the gunman.
Students dived for cover and others fled but as the popular teenager stopped to reload his gun, witnesses told KIRO-TV, Silberberger walked over and grabbed his arm.
In a two-second struggle, Fryberg is said to have pointed the gun at her before shooting himself dead.
The shocking account suggests Silberger, a first year social services teacher and part-time soccer player, may have prevented a massacre at the Washington school.
She heard the gunshots first and she came in running through the door. She grabbed his arm
Erick Cervantes, the student who called 911, on Megan Silberberger
Nonetheless, hundreds of students, teachers and parents piled into a nearby church tonight for a candlelit vigil as the community reels in shock struggling to cope with the tragic loss of life as four teenagers are treated in hospital.
Erick Cervantes, the first student who called 911 during the attack, told KIRO-TV: ‘I believe [Megan Silberger] is actually the real hero.
‘She’s the one that intercepted him with the gun.
‘He tried either reloading or tried aiming at her. She tried moving his hand away and he tried shooting and shot himself in the neck.
‘It started off with an argument, but then I looked back and there was just gunshots and just people falling down.
‘She heard the gunshots first and she came in running through the door, right next to it.
‘It wasn’t [a] wrestle. She just grabbed his arm, and it lasted like two seconds, and I heard another shot.’
That shot, he says, was the one that killed Fryberg.
The shooting at Marysville-Pilchuck High School lasted just two minutes between 10.41am and 10.43am on Friday.
The horrific attack has left the entire community reeling as friends described Fryberg, a member of the Tulalip Native-American tribe, as a ‘well-respected, great guy’.
Authorities are now scrambling to determine a possible cause for the shooting as the four survivors fight for their lives in hospital.
Pupils have told news stations Fryberg was suspended from the football team in recent weeks after being involved in a fight over ‘racist’ comments.
Tributes: A rainbow shone over the school today as crowds left flowers in tribute to the murdered victim
In a memorial service at Grove Church students from the high school wrote messages and prayers
A vigil was held tonight in Grove Church, Marysville, following a shooting at the local high school
Students hold a candle-lit vigil for the six students shot at Marysville-Philchuck high school
Marysville Pilchuck High School freshman, Cameron Moody, 14, prays at a vigil following the shooting
Others said he had been rejected by a girl.
Last night, Pastor Nik Baumgart told the hundreds who filled the church and spilled out into the parking lot: ‘I hate this tragedy as much as any of you. I hate what’s going on. I hate what we’ve had to see.
‘And I remember all kinds of times when I’ve had the same thoughts that you’ve had about that city, about that situation, about those schools.
‘Now that’s us. Now that’s my alma mater. Here’s what we’re here to do tonight. It’s simple. It’s honestly overly simple. Love one another. Weep together.’
Fryberg’s tweets had become increasingly ominous in the months leading up to his bloody tirade. Recently he tweeted: ‘Your gonna piss me off… And then some s*** gonna go down and I don’t think you’ll like it…’.
His final tweet on Thursday night ominously stated: ‘It won’t last…It’ll never last…’.
Hero? Megan Silberberger, a teacher and part-time soccer player, grabbed the shooter’s arm as he reloaded
Student opens fire at a Washington state high school
So far one student has been confirmed dead, while four others remain in hospital in critical condition
Hundreds packed inside the small church, as the crowd spilled over into the parking lot outside
Students comfort each other after Jaylen Fryberg opened fire at school, killing one, before shooting himself
Pastor Nik Baumgart told people: ‘Here’s what we’re here to do tonight. Love one another. Weep together.’
Fryberg’s last tweet on Friday night read ‘It won’t last…It’ll never last’ before he attacked fellow students
A young girl stands in front of a candle lit stage during tonight’s vigil in Marysville, Washington
Just hours later he entered the crowded cafeteria during lunch break with ‘a blank stare’ on his face and walked up behind one table clutching a handgun, witnesses described.
According to Cervantes there was an argument before Fryberg launched his attack.
Multiple shots were fired, hitting five students.
One is said to have died at the scene before Fryberg turned the gun and killed himself.
All four of the victims were taken to Providence Regional Hospital in critical condition. Two were admitted to theater for surgery, while the remaining two were transported to nearby Harborview Medical Center.
The school has now been closed until November 3 and counselors have been brought in to speak with traumatized witnesses and friends of the victims.
Friday night’s football match between Marysville-Pilchuck and Oak Harbor High School was canceled and Oak Harbor announced it would take second place as a gesture.
Reeling: The community of Marysville, Washington, is desperately waiting for details as they hear a pupil died
Tearful: Students, parents and teachers wept tonight at a candlelit vigil in The Grove Church nearby
‘We have to love one another deeply': A pastor told the tearful audience to build bridges and stay strong
Distraught: Fryberg’s former teammates sat in their uniform crying as they tried to comprehend the situation
Prayer: The group shared a group prayer and a minute’s silence in honor of the two dead and four wounded
Footage taken of the aftermath showed shaking teenagers being evacuated from the school with their hands in the air so officers could be sure they were not armed.
Officers with rifles rushed across the field to check the students for either injuries or weapons before taking them to a local church, where parents were gathered.
The school was placed on lockdown at 10.43am Pacific time after students and teachers called 911 about multiple shots fired in the cafeteria.
By 11am, a full SWAT team was at the scene.
A male victim being treated at Harborview Medical Center emerged from surgery at 4.30pm Easter time but was still in a serious condition.
Last night, Chief Rik Smith of Marysville Police Department told a press conference FBI agents will work through the night interviewing witnesses to piece together details of the crime.
He refused to say Fryberg’s name, adding: ‘I will not perpetuate this cruel act in a place where kids should feel safe. I will not perpetuate that by spending any time on the shooter.
Students were told to walk on to the field with their hands in the air so officers could see they weren’t armed
Shock: Trauma teams were rushed to the school within minutes to recover the wounded and shaken pupils
Emergency: The school was placed on lockdown by 10.49am on Friday after a student called 911 at 10.43am
Action: Armed officers were accompanied by a SWAT team to scale the school to check for any other gunmen
Marysville Pilchuk is a public secondary school for grades 9-12 and is part of the Marysville School District
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‘Instead I want to focus on the heroic efforts of teacher who quickly moved students to safety and the students who helped each other.’
Herman Williams Jr, chairman of the Tulalip Tribe, also addressed media.
He said: ‘I am deeply saddened by the terrible tragedy in our local school district. Our prayers go out to the families and the entire community.
‘Our first priority is to support the families and the children of those involved.
‘Our community is reeling from this experience, so we ask that the media and the public honor the families and our children in this time of grief. Sadly, we are now experiencing what has become a national trend, which we, as a society, must address.
‘These are our children. They are suffering, and their lives will be forever changed.
‘The fact that tribal members were involved makes it extremely hard to respond to any inquiries until we are aware of all the circumstances.
‘As chairman, I ask everyone to pray for the children and families of those involved.’
A student who spoke to CNN on the phone from inside the school described a grisly scene inside the cafeteria, telling the news outlet: ‘There was blood everywhere.’
Distraught: Terrified students wept as they waited for news at a church where they were reunited with parents
In tears: A girl at the school pictured sobbing and being embraced by a relative after the school shooting
Devastated: Students and parents embrace in a circle at a church after the school shooting
Location: The tragedy played out Friday morning in Marysville, about 35 miles north of Seattle, Washington
Support: Counselors have been sent to the school, which is closed for a week, to support traumatized pupils
According to the unnamed teen, Fryberg was a popular freshman and a member of the Marysville-Pilchuk football team, but he was recently suspended for fighting.
He was also an avid hunter and gun enthusiast, as evidenced by photos posted on his social media accounts.
A few months ago, he shared a picture online showing off a new rifle he had received for his birthday.
Earlier this month, the freshman was crowned homecoming prince, but a classmate told CNN that may have been subjected to bullying.
Police Commander Robb Lamoureux told reporters authorities believed that the shooter acted alone, but had no immediate word on a motive.
However, Jarron Webb, 15, told the Seattle Times Fryberg was angry at a girl for spurning his advance, and that he shot her dead as payback for her rejection.
On the eve of the shooting, Fryberg wrote an ominous final post on Twitter that read: ‘it won’t last…. It’ll never last…. ‘
While Fryberg’s friends and classmates described him as a nice, well-liked boy, his online history paints a somewhat different picture.
Hunter: Fryberg has been described as an avid hunter and regularly shared pictures of his rifle online
Jaylen Fryberg is made homecoming prince days before shooting
Jock: Fryberg was on the football team, but had been suspended recently for fighting over ‘racist comments’
‘Well-respected': Pupils told media they were shocked as Fryberg was a well-respected classmate
Over the past few months, Fryberg had unleashed a series of foul-mouthed and highly sexualized tweets venting his rage over a breakup. In some messages, the high school freshman expressed a desire to end his life.
‘F*** it!! Might As Well Die Now,’ the 15-year-old tweeted in June.
Earlier this week, just days before the shooting rampage, Fryberg fired off a cryptic message that read: ‘Alright. You f***ing got me…. That broke me.’
A boy who witnessed the attack said at one point during the shooting, the gunman’s handgun jammed, and the boy used that opportunity to flee the cafeteria.
He added that the teenager, whom he described as a ‘nice kid,’ remained silent while squeezing off rounds and had a ‘blank stare’ in his eyes.
Police planned to complete a full investigation in the school by 4am local time.
According to a press conference held at around 3pm Eastern time, officers were still finding groups of students and teachers hiding inside classrooms.
‘I was in my classroom and someone pulled the fire alarm and we thought it was a fire drill and we ran out and they told us to go back in a classroom,; student Cindy Rodriguez, 17, told NBC News. ‘We’re scared.’
Ayn Dietrich, an FBI spokesperson in Seattle, said the agency had personnel on their way to the scene to help authorities with the investigation.
Veiled threat? In August, Fryberg ranted on Twitter at someone who had upset him
Washington High School shooter Jaylen Fryberg chanting
Officials at Marysville-Pilchuk posted a message on the school’s website that read in part: ‘Students who attend MPHS campus are being relocated to the Shoultes Community Church at the corner of 116th and 51st Street. Buses will take students home from there.
‘Those parents in the area wanting to pick up their child will need to go to the church location and sign out their child out with school administrator or law enforcement.
‘All after-school activities across the district are canceled today.’
Parents were being asked to bring their identification cards in order to pick up their children from the church.
The latest school shooting in the region happened at Seattle Pacific University, where a gunman killed one student and wounded two others on June 5 this year.