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Jaylen Fryberg: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know

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Jaylen Fryberg is the 14-year-old freshman who opened fire on October 24 in the cafeteria at Pilchuck High School in Marysville, Washington. He shot five people, who were all friends of his, before fatally shooting himself. Police said that three people involved in the shooting are dead, including Fryberg. The girl killed by Fryberg at the scene was named Zoe Galasso.

Later, another victim, 14-year-old Gia Soriano, died of her injuries in hospital.

This was his final tweet, sent a day before the shooting:

Here’s what you need to know:


1. He Just Broke Up With His Girlfriend

A student who identified himself as a friend of the gunman told Fox News in a televised interview today that Jaylen Fryberg recently “went through a breakup.” He had been dating the same girl since seventh grade, and his social media profiles include many pictures of them together and loving messages to her.

The girl featured in many of his pictures posted a video recently to Facebook showing Fryberg asking her to Homecoming.

Students told CNN that he was named freshman homecoming king at that dance on October 17. You can see a video of Fryberg at the homecoming celebrations:

Two weeks later, she said referenced the break-up, saying that everything happened and that people came and went in her life “for a reason.”

Reports also say that Fryberg recently got into a fight at football practice and was suspended from the team, but students described him as “a quiet kid”. It is reported that a racial statement of some kind may have been made during this altercation with NBC News reporting a student, Bryce Vitcovitch, saying that Fryberg had “an incident the other day when a kid was being somewhat racist, and he punched him.”

KIRO reports that Fryberg had been bullied and was “sick of it.”

A little over a month ago, Fryberg tweeted about disputes over his girlfriend. On September 19 he said on social media, “Dude. She tells me everything. And now I f*cking HATE you! Your no longer my “Brother”!” That was preceded by this tweet:

He previously tweeted angry and despondent statements, sometimes directed at those he had disagreements with:

PHOTOS: Jaylen Ray Fryberg, Pilchuck High School Shooter

Jaylen Ray Fryberg is the freshman gunman in the Pilchuck High School shooting in Marysville, Washington.

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2. His Parents Bought Him a Gun for His Birthday

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According to his Instagram, Fryberg’s parents gave him a gun for his birthday three months ago. It was not the gun used in the attack — that was a handgun and not a rifle.

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Many posts on his social media profiles reference his love of hunting, including many images of hunting such as the one above. Friends confirm in interviews that he was a hunter and had firearms experience.

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Jaylen Fryberg's Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter posts left ominous clues about the Pilchuck High School shooter.

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3. He Shot 2 of His Cousins, Because One of the Them Was Dating His Crush

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(Screengrab via KING5)

According to student witnesses, he walked up to a specific table in the cafeteria before opening fire. Jordan Luton told CNN, “They were his friends, so it wasn’t just random.” The horrific shooting began just after 10 a.m. After attacking the students, Fryberg turned the gun on himself and committed suicide. Police later said that Fryberg texted some of the victims so that they would meet him at lunch.

In the aftermath of the attack, it emerged that Fryberg had a crush on Zoe Galasso. That crush seemed unrequited as she was dating Fryberg’s cousin, Andrew. A student, Jarron Webb, told the Seattle Times on the day of the tragedy, that Fryberg was “angry at a girl who would not date him.” Zoe Galasso, his crush, was one of those killed by Fryberg. His cousin and Zoe’s boyfriend, Andrew, was also wounded.

Gia Soriano: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know

Gia Soriano died 48 hours after being shot by Jaylen Fryberg at Pilchuck High School in Marysville, Washington.

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Another student told KOMO reporter Lindsay Cohen that Fryberg was “like normal” a day before the attack.

Most of the wounded were airlifted to Providence Regional Hospital, according to that facility they treated three patients who were all brought in in critical condition. Dr. Joanna Roberts of Providence said all of their patients “have very, very serious wounds.”

The male victims were Andrew Fryberg and Nate Hatch. Both are Fryberg’s cousins. Another female victim, Shaylee Chuckulnaskit, 14, is still in critical condition.

Andrew Fryberg: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know

Andrew Fryberg is Jaylen Fryberg's cousin. Jaylen shot Andrew in the head because of his jealousy over Andrew's relationship with Zoe Galasso.

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4. He Was a Football Player & Wrestler

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Fryberg played on the school’s freshman football and wrestling teams. The video below shows him in action as a youth wrestler.

Friends described him as being very involved in athletics, and he posted regularly on social media about sports, including posting many videos of his friends playing basketball on Vine. One of his coaches told KIRO’s Amy Clancy that Fryberg was “hard-working and smart” and that he was a “good kid from a good family.”


5. He Was a Member of the Tulalip Tribes

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Fryberg was a member of the Native American Tulalip Tribes and lived in Tulalip Bay, Washington, about six miles from Marysville.

A prominent elder named Ray Fryberg is the tribes’ director of fish and wildlife. He was the subject of this 2012 feature:

Fryberg posted an Instagram last January comparing the number of Americans killed on 9/11 with the “12 million Native Americans killed by Christians.”

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Jaylen Ray Fryberg is the freshman gunman in the Pilchuck High School shooting in Marysville, Washington.

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133 comments

  1. Everyone shut up! Fact is we don’t know what happened. No one none of his friends are coming out with the real story all we have is speculation. What is the use? Unless one of his classmates has the balls to tell us what actually happened then we can start to judge or not. Until then all we have are stupid blogs telling the same old story over and over and over again and in the same old comments over and over and over again.

    • Nobody has a right to judge! Look at you people – scathing drama kings & queens. For christ sakes let these families deal with what the have in front of them. LET THEM MOURN AND LET THEM HEAL. All this BS blaming isn’t helping anybody. HAVE SOME RESPECT AND LEAVE THESE FAMILIES ALONE!

    • He ambushed his cousins, planned the thing for months, .If the parents parade him around like hes a fucking chief of some sort and bury him in the Tribal Cemetary how long do you think it will take before someone diggs his ass up?

  2. You left out that he was a pathetic, weak ass bitch POS murderer. Good riddance to him and my thoughts go out to the victims and their families.

  3. Our society and the media puts too much pressure on our young people today especially when they are not given healthy avenues to express their fears and vulnerabilities in a safe place. Our young people are our investment for the future they shouldn’t be in relationships at a young age either which tears at their self esteem we need to bring our young people up to know that they are loved and valued for who they really are.

  4. Serenity, the movie. Great title and story line, which is loosely based on the massively profitable ssri pharmaceuticals being sold today (ssristories.org). They are intended to passive the people, which they do. Except a small percentage go berserk and kill or maim people around them. Of course the story is told in Hollywood blown out of proportion style.

  5. A middle eastern kid named Jaylen Fryberg who grew up part of his life in Washington State within America is now being called a Native American by certain media entities, including this one. Everyone in Washington State lives near an American community because you’re within America, that doesn’t somehow give them Native American status. The atrocious media reporting on this is on par with any other alien-owned media operation trying to establish itself within America.

  6. A middle eastern british kid named Jaylen Fryberg who grew up part of his life in Washington State within America is now being called a Native American by certain media entities, including this one. Everyone in Washington State lives near an American community because you’re within America, that doesn’t somehow give them Native American status. The atrocious media reporting on this is on par with any other alien-owned media operation trying to establish itself within America.

  7. something doesn’t feel right here….there are 2 roads of possibility. one he could have carried this out for the reason of a girl and being such a young age he may have let his emotions get the best of him. there is evidence to support that of course, but why not target the girl herself or even the guy who crossed him? why did he target a family member and “a girl who wouldn’t date him” and friends? his motive if by emotions and a break up don’t fully add up not to mention he was their homecoming king! why would a boy with what seems like a popular status drive him to kill? or we can look at the other possibility and I know you will all think im crazy but its still a possibility….that maybe it was some government ploy for further restriction of gun rights. cannot fully rule it out. this shooting just doesn’t add up too me.

  8. 6th fact, this punk little kid ruined the lives of 5 teens and 5 families because he couldn’t handle a heartbreak . Pathetic . Those poor kids/families

  9. Did he ever suffer a concussion? What appears be a recoverable concussion can, in fact, be damage to the brain. Google Austin Trenum’s story. Austin’s concussion was actually damage to the portion of his brain that affects judgement and impulse control.

  10. FACT is we DO know what happened and that was this young emotional child purposely murdered two innocent young kids and purposely took his life. So like it or not, that is the FACTS!

  11. Jaylen tweeted, on June 19, 2014, “On My Way To The Hospital”. If his hospital visit was due to a concussion from playing football, there’s a strong possibility it would be a piece of the puzzle. Undiagnosed damage to a portion of the brain can bring about a “mental illness” because of the loss of full faculties (ability to control impulses, changes in judgement or reasoning, or depression, etc.). Google the tragic story of HS football player “Austin Trenum”.

    As well, someone had posted this elsewhere: To Authorities — The shooter Jaylen Fryberg’s twitter (I read only publicly visible posts and replies) shows that he went to Hospital on June 19th (unclear whether for himself) amidst a series of posts indicating mental breakdown (following breakup and crush over a crush). If you read carefully, there is a marked difference between before and after June 19th in his words vs. emoji he uses – there is some disconnect (inconsistency between the words and the emotions expressed). I also saw 2 pictures tweeted that show that Jaylen was sleeping in the classroom – in one picture, he did not even have any paper/binder in front of him when he was flat on his desk in the midst of the class and others have paper/binder, etc. (date of pictures is unclear).So, the question — Was the June 19th hospital visit for himself and was he put on any new medication? What are the adverse effects of that med? Please study in-depth. And please share this medical information in the interest of all other kids/people who may be taking similar medication. Thank you.

    Head injury, medication …. ??
    Something happened to Jaylen Fryberg (a kid that loved and was loved by many) that resulted in this tragedy. What was it? Let’s be more inquisitive and actually try to learn something from this.

    • Agree, good comment, I thought the same. Also, if there was a concussion, the joint damage from the hit and the SSRIs way increase the odds of a problem. JS Wood, Editor, SSRIstories,com

  12. You left out that he was a pathetic, weak ass bitch POS murderer. Good riddance to him and my thoughts go out to the victims and their families.