School Shooter Sent Selfie With Gun to Ex

Meanwhile, injured cousin of Jaylen Fryberg says he loves and forgives him
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 28, 2014 7:49 AM CDT
Updated Oct 28, 2014 7:59 AM CDT
Student Jaylen Fryberg is seen during a homecoming celebration at Marysville-Pilchuck High School in Marysville, Wash., on Oct. 17, 2014.   (AP Photo/Jim McGauhey)

(Newser) – Jaylen Fryberg not only supposedly texted his victims to ask them to lunch on Friday—he also sent a text to his ex-girlfriend not long before the shooting that showed him holding a gun, a law enforcement official tells CNN. An anonymous source tells Radar that Jaylen "sent a picture of a handgun positioned between his legs to Shilene [George] just minutes before he went on his killing spree. The picture places him at the scene, the school cafeteria." Radar also shows images it says are from Jaylen's online posts that show him posing with guns and highlighting messages like "Just shoot it" and "Keep calm and hunt on."

Meanwhile, 14-year-old Nate Hatch, an aspiring football player who was wounded during the attack (and who's also Jaylen's cousin), tweeted Sunday from the hospital that it was the "Worst pain ive ever felt in my life," but also that " I love you and I forgive you jaylen rest in peace." Nate is said to be in satisfactory condition and was walking with a nurse's help when his grandfather, Don Hatch, visited him yesterday, CNN reports. "He just wants to let people know that he's OK. He's getting better," Don Hatch tells CNN, adding that Nate was told by doctors his facial injuries will keep him from playing football. Shaylee Chuckulnaskit, 14, and Andrew Fryberg, 15 (another of Jaylen's cousins) remain hospitalized in critical condition; Zoe Galasso (said by the Daily Mail to be the object of Jaylen's affections) and Gia Soriano, both 14, were killed in the shooting.

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