2nd Girl Hit by School Shooter Dies

Teacher hailed as hero for stopping Jaylen Fryberg's rampage
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 27, 2014 12:48 AM CDT
Updated Oct 27, 2014 4:47 AM CDT
Messages of support are seen on the stage near candles and flowers in between morning services at the Grove Church in Marysville, Wash., yesterday.   (AP Photo/The Seattle Times, Lindsey Wasson)
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(Newser) – One of the four students shot and injured by classmate Jaylen Fryberg Friday afternoon has lost her fight for life. Gia Soriano, 14, had been in critical condition with a head wound suffered in the attack at Marysville-Pilchuck High School north of Seattle, reports CNN. "We are devastated by this senseless tragedy," her family said in a statement. "Gia is our beautiful daughter and words cannot express how much we miss her." In other developments:

  • Megan Silberberger has been identified as the teacher who stopped the teen's rampage. "I believe she's actually the real hero," a student who witnessed the shootings tells KIRO-TV. "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."

  • Another student killed in the cafeteria attack, 14-year-old Zoe Galasso, was mourned at a candlelit vigil at the high school last night, reports NBC. Hundreds attended a community meeting earlier, where people spoke of coming together to move on from the tragedy. "There is no anger anymore," a school district transportation worker says. "Everybody is coming together as a community."
  • Three other students injured in the attack are still in the hospital, with two in critical condition and one in serious condition, reports the AP.
  • The popular student's motive is still unclear, though there have been reports he was upset over a failed romance. Two of the five people he shot were his cousins and best friends, reports People. "All three of the boys, they're like triplets. They were inseparable," says a woman whose nephew, Nathan Hatch, was shot and is in serious condition.

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