Three days after Seattle teen Jaylen Fryberg opened fire in his high school lunch room, the devastation from that day continues to cause ripples of grief throughout the city. This morning, news of yet another student's death was released.
According to reports, Gia Soriano, a 14-year-old freshman who sustained critical head wounds during the shooting, was unable to survive her injuries. She died at Providence Regional Medical Center late Sunday night.
Soriano is the second student to have died since Friday's shooting, which happened at Marysville-Pilchuck High School in Seattle. The first was Zoe Galasso, 14, who died at the scene. Three other students were also seriously injured in the incident, which ended with Fryberg—who was described as a "popular" high school freshman—taking his own life before police could reach him.
In a statement released by Gia's family this morning, the Sorianos shared their intense grief over the loss. "We are devastated by this senseless tragedy," the statement read. "Gia is our beautiful daughter and words cannot express how much we will miss her."
The family shared that they will be donating her organs.
Of the remaining victims, students Shaylee Chuckulnaskit, 14, and Andrew Fryberg, 15, are still in critical condition. Another student, Nate Hatch, 14, is being listed in serious condition.
What continues to perplex investigators is just what led all of this to happen in the first place. Unlike many school shootings of the past, in which shooters seemingly targeted victims at random, Fryberg specifically walked up to a table full of his friends before opening fire. In fact, victims Nate Hatch and Andrew Fryberg are Jaylen's own cousins.
According to Don Hatch, Nate's grandfather, the boys were closer than close—"nearly inseparable"—and even went to a school dance together recently. It was there that Jaylen was named homecoming prince.
"Only God knows what escalated this. Only God knows," Hatch told CNN affiliate KOMO. "Nobody pushed a button with bullying. It's just something that happened, and we don't know why."
But despite his grief and disbelief, Hatch said he forgives Jaylen and plans to visit his family soon.
"I'll say, 'I feel for you and I'll pray for you,'" he told KOMO.