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A sign that reads "Not Broken" was posted on the fence around Marysville Pilchuck High School

Fryberg Arranged to Meet His Friends by Text; Investigation Continues

Richard Walker

Snohomish County Sheriff Ty Trenary said the investigation into the shooting at Marysville Pilchuck High School is expected to last several months “due to the complexity of the incident.”

But on October 27, he released some of what investigators have confirmed so far. He said detectives confirmed that Jaylen Ray Fryberg texted his friends and arranged for them to meet him in the cafeteria before he shot them and then fatally shot himself. “A witness confirms that the five victims were seated at the table when [Fryberg] opened fire, striking the victims before turning the gun on himself,” Trenary reported.

He reported that the handgun, a .40 caliber Beretta, was purchased legally, was registered and owned by a Fryberg family member. How the teen obtained the weapon is still under investigation, the sheriff reported.

Investigators are trying to determine a motive, and the Tulalip and Marysville communities are grasping for answers as they grieve. Fryberg, who was 15 according to the medical examiner (initial reports stated he was 14), was involved in Tulalip culture, was a wrestler and football player, and was crowned homecoming prince by his fellow high school freshmen five days earlier.

There are no classes at Marysville this week, and student gathering places have been established at eight venues in the community. Grief counselors are available at four of the sites.

On Monday, community members tied and placed ribbon bows of red and white – the colors of Marysville Pilchuck High School --- along three streets in Marysville. “It is vital that as a community the residents of Tulalip and Marysville unite strongly, showing our kids that we love them all,” organizers wrote. “Placement of these lasting bows will remind all who view them that this community is tied together, united.”

A parent meeting was scheduled for Tuesday, October 28 at the high school, to allow parents to talk and receive guidance on how to support their children in the wake of the tragedy.



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