The Marysville Pilchuck High School shooting
occurred in Marysville, Washington, on October 24, 2014, when
15-year-old freshman student Jaylen Fryberg shot five other
students at Marysville Pilchuck High School, fatally wounding
four, before fatally shooting himself.
Prior to the shooting, Fryberg invited several
students, all of whom were friends, to meet him for lunch via text
message. He also reportedly sent a text message to his parents,
although details of the message have not been revealed.
At lunchtime, the friends sat together at one
table. Fryberg then entered the school cafeteria and sat down at a
different table. At 10:39 a.m., according to eyewitnesses, he
stood up, approached the table where the friends were sitting, and
had a verbal altercation with them. He then pulled out a
.40-caliber Beretta handgun and fired at least eight shots,
shooting several students in a "calm, methodical way".
During the shooting, Fryberg was described by a
witness as having "a blank stare" and "staring at the victims as
he shot them". He also appeared to be targeting only the table
where his friends were sitting. At the time of the shooting, about
ten students were seated at that table.
Fryberg died at the scene from a self-inflicted
gunshot wound. An early eyewitness report stated that an adult
school staff member tried to intervene by grabbing Fryberg's arm,
inadvertently causing him to fatally shoot himself in the neck.
The employee was later identified as first-year
social studies teacher Megan Silberberger, who tried to apprehend
Fryberg as he may have been attempting to reload.
Police officials and the Snohomish County
medical examiner later clarified that Fryberg committed suicide by
shooting himself in the head and that Silberberger did not touch
him in the moments preceding his death. Shortly after Fryberg
committed suicide, Silberberger contacted authorities.
The motive for the shooting is unknown,
although a student at the school stated that "[he] was angry at a
girl who would not date him, and that the girl was one of the
people shot", a claim that was supported by other classmates and
by Fryberg's family members.
After the shooting, recordings of police radio
communications during the event were released by the Snohomish
County Police Staff and Auxiliary Services Center after requests
for public records. A timeline was also provided by Marysville
police spokesman Robb Lamoureux.
According to the timeline and recordings, an
anonymous 9-1-1 caller, using a cellphone, first alerted police to
the shooting. The school resource officer was the first law
enforcement officer to make contact with the victims, arriving at
the scene a minute after the first 9-1-1 call was received. He
immediately reported that a fire alarm was going off and that
there were students and staff evacuating from the building. A
dispatcher then informed him about a report of a possible shooting
in the cafeteria. The officer responded, "Ocean 12, it's
confirmed. We have a shooter. We have five down." He later said,
"Shooter is DOA [dead on arrival]. We have got apparently four
[victims.]" Soon afterward, he said, "Ocean 12, I need aid here. I
have two that are still breathing and alive. Looks like I have
three possibly deceased." The first paramedics arrived on the
scene ten minutes after the first radio dispatch.
At the time of the shooting, approximately 50
people were inside the cafeteria. The school went on lockdown "due
to an emergency situation," according to a statement by the
school. The victims were all identified as friends of Fryberg.
Some students fled the cafeteria immediately
after the shooting started. Several climbed over the fence of a
house next to the school and sought shelter there. Other students
disregarded the school lockdown rules and fled their classrooms
while they were in place. It was initially reported that at least
six students were wounded.
As the school was cleared by local law
enforcement officials, students were taken by bus to a nearby
church. It took two hours for officers to evacuate hundreds of
students who were still hiding inside the school, and more than
100 witnesses were interviewed by investigators.
Classes at Marysville Pilchuck High were
cancelled for the following week, as well as an upcoming football
game. The cafeteria where the shooting took place will not be
reopened and is being considered for remodeling.
In the wake of the shooting, threats were made
against several students belonging to the Tulalip tribe, the
Native American tribe Fryberg belonged to. A spokesman for the
Marysville School District stated that the school district was
taking the threats seriously. The school reopened on November 3,
with about fifteen counselors present on campus.
On October 30, a memorial service was held for
Fryberg at a recreation center in the Tulalip Indian Reservation.
Hundreds of people were in attendance.
Zoë Raine Galasso was killed at the scene by a
gunshot wound to her head. Her death was ruled a homicide.
Shaylee Adelle Chuckulnaskit and Gia Christine
Soriano were taken to Providence Regional Medical Center Everett
in critical condition, with gunshot wounds to the head. The wounds
were reportedly so severe that both were not immediately
identifiable. It was announced on the evening of October 26 that
Gia Soriano had died from her wounds. On October 31, one week
after the shooting, Shaylee Chuckulnaskit was also confirmed to
have died from her wounds.
Andrew Fryberg, a cousin of Jaylen Fryberg, was
also taken to Providence Regional Medical Center, where he was in
critical condition from a gunshot wound to the head. Late in the
evening on November 7, two weeks after the shooting, it was
confirmed that he had died from his wounds.
Nate Hatch, another cousin of Jaylen Fryberg,
suffered a gunshot wound in the jaw and was taken to Harborview
Medical Center in Seattle for treatment. He was listed in serious
condition and placed in intensive care. His condition was upgraded
to satisfactory on October 27, after having surgery to repair his
jaw. He was discharged from the hospital on November 6.
Two other students were treated for minor
injuries at the school, although it was unclear whether these
injuries were inflicted by gunfire.
Jaylen Ray Fryberg (July 31, 1999 – October 24,
2014), a 15-year-old freshman student at the school, was
identified as the shooter based on reports from other students at
the scene. Fryberg was a wrestler and football player at the
school. He was described as "generally happy", "a really nice
kid", and "not a violent person".
Fryberg was of Native American descent and a
member of the Tulalip tribe. He was close friends with his cousins
Andrew Fryberg and Nate Hatch. One week prior to the shooting,
Fryberg had been announced as the school's freshman homecoming
prince at a football game. He used multiple social media accounts
that frequently depicted him hunting and using rifles. The
ownership of the Beretta handgun used in the shooting was traced
to Fryberg's father.
Fryberg's last few Twitter posts were described
as "emotional". Hours before the shooting, a fellow student had
asked him if he was doing okay following a fight with another
student who had been using racial slurs. Fryberg had been
suspended from school and the football team following the fight.
A student claimed that Fryberg fought with a
student over a girl, and another that one of Fryberg's victims was
a girl who turned him down when he asked her out on a date. This
girl, later identified as Zoë Raine Galasso, was reported to have
been dating Fryberg's cousin Andrew at the time.
Fryberg also had an ex-girlfriend at the time
of the shooting, Shilene George, to whom he sent pictures of him
with the handgun in the school cafeteria immediately prior to the
shooting. She told authorities she was forced to end the
relationship days prior to the shooting after Fryberg became
violent with her. Fryberg's posts to Twitter shortly before the
shooting are believed to have been written because of the breakup.
Washington State Senator John McCoy, a member
of the Tulalip tribe, said in a released statement, "I do know the
family. We're all related in one shape or form. We live and work
and play together."
Washington Governor Jay Inslee also said in a
Twitter post regarding the shooting, "Like all of WA, [my wife]
and I have everyone at #MPHS in our hearts and prayers. Please
take care of each other." He later declared November 3 "Red and
White Day" in the state, urging Washington residents to wear red
and white, the school colors of Marysville Pilchuck High, as a
sign of support.
Secretary of Education Arne Duncan pledged his
support for the Marysville community and commented regarding the
national issue of gun violence, "Gun violence has no place
anywhere, least of all at our nation’s schools, and we must do
more to keep guns out of the wrong hands."
The Tulalip tribe released a statement on
October 29 denouncing Fryberg's "horrific actions" and adding that
the shooting was "the [act] of an individual, not a family, not a
tribe". They later added, "We are supporting the family of Jaylen
Fryberg in their time of loss, but that does not mean we condone
The school football team was met by the Seattle
Seahawks football team and were invited to their practice facility
on October 28. On November 2, players on the Seahawks and the
Oakland Raiders teams wore decals of Marysville Pilchuck High on
their helmets during a game at CenturyLink Field in Seattle.
Inactive Seahawks players, coaches, and staff also wore lapel pins
bearing the same decals. In addition, a moment of silence was
observed before the game began.
A vigil was attended by over 1000 people on the
evening of October 24, 2014, at the Grove Church. The football
team from Oak Harbor High School showed up in uniform. They had
been scheduled to play Marysville Pilchuck in a playoff game for
the division title Friday night, but it was canceled.
Becky Cooke Berg, superintendent of the
Marysville School District, said Oak Harbor, Washington had
offered to accept second place out of respect for its opponents.
"We understand other teams in the league will be wearing red and
white in support of Marysville-Pilchuck," Berg said. A second
vigil occurred the next day at Mountain View Presbyterian Church.
On October 27, a moment of silence was observed by the Marysville
community at 10:39 a.m., exactly 72 hours from the moment the
Newly released Marysville 911 calls include student witness
By Diana Hefley - Heraldnet.com
December 16, 2014
MARYSVILLE — She asked the emergency dispatcher
if a police officer was going to find them.
The girl and 17 others were crammed inside what
she described as an abandoned closet in an art room at Marysville
Pilchuck High School on Oct. 24.
A freshman had opened fire inside a cafeteria.
His actions ended the lives of five young people, including his
own. A sixth, who was shot in the jaw, survived.
The last of the calls to 911 from that morning
were released Tuesday by SNOPAC, the dispatch center that serves
much of Snohomish County.
The shootings remain under investigation by the
Snohomish County Multiple Agency Response Team, a special task
force of homicide detectives typically assigned to investigate
police-involved shootings. The investigation is expected to take
The girl hiding in the closet gave the
dispatcher her phone number. A police officer would call her. Pick
up the phone, the dispatcher said.
The girl’s voice trembled as she said goodbye.
Other students told dispatchers they were in
the cafeteria when the gunfire broke out.
“There is what at the high school?” a
dispatcher asked a boy.
“Gunshots, in the cafeteria,” he said.
“Yeah, this kid, he shot a couple of kids, I’m
pretty sure,” the boy answered.
Did he see where the students were shot?
“No. I saw kids just drop to the ground, at the
Another boy, hiding in a classroom with eight
other students, said he ran out of the lunch room. He told the
dispatcher that Jaylen Fryberg, a freshman, was the shooter. He
had a black handgun, the boy said.
“If it was Jaylen, I know him. He didn’t seem
...” he began to tell the dispatcher, but was interrupted with a
question about what weapons may have been used.
The boy didn’t know the names of the injured.
“I think four people were hit or more,” he
Killed were Zoe Galasso, Gia Soriano, and
Shaylee Chuckulnaskit, all 14, and Andrew Fryberg, 15. Nate Hatch,
The boy hiding in the classroom told the
dispatcher no one with him was hurt. They were safe, he said. He
wasn’t hearing anymore gunfire.
“I don’t want you to open that door. OK?”
Reporters Rikki King, Eric Stevick and Scott
North contributed to this story.
Break silence on shooter's crimes, 2 victims' families say
By Andrew Gobin - Heraldnet.com
December 10, 2014
TULALIP — The mothers of Nate Hatch and Andrew
Fryberg say the silence must end. It's time for frank discussion
about Jaylen Fryberg and his crimes.
“It's about accountability. He has not been
made accountable,” Denise “Nessie” Hatch-Anderson said. Her son,
Nate Hatch, 14, is the only surviving victim of the Oct. 24
shootings in a Marysville Pilchuck High School cafeteria.
“Jaylen is not a victim. What he did was
premeditated, calculated murder,” said Lahneen Fryberg, Andrew's
She worries that the silence surrounding
Jaylen's actions sends the wrong message, particularly to other
Jaylen, 15, shot five of his friends in the
head as they sat at a table in the cafeteria where he'd invited
them to lunch. Hundreds of students ran for their lives.
Killed were Zoe Galasso, Gia Soriano and
Shaylee Chuckulnaskit, all 14. He also shot his cousins — who were
as close to him as brothers. Andrew Fryberg, 15, was in a Seattle
hospital for two weeks before he died. A bullet shattered Nate's
jaw, lodging in his chest.
Detectives have released enough information to
show the attack was planned, at least days in advance. Jaylen
killed himself before anyone had the chance to ask why.
On the Tulalip Indian Reservation, where the
shooter and most of his victims were raised, a question is
growing: How should that day be remembered?
Within the tribal community, hundreds gathered
three times for funerals to remember lost children. The first
ceremony was for Jaylen. He was grieved as a son, somebody who'd
been raised to become a future leader. The same was true of
Andrew. It is still true for Nate.
Outside the high school, a fence became a
makeshift memorial covered in flowers and balloons and posters in
tribute to all six who were shot. Jaylen was remembered and
mourned alongside his victims. Almost nothing was said about what
On the reservation, silence born from grief,
and disbelief and respect for the families, now has become
something else. It is perpetuating the harm Jaylen caused, say the
mothers and sisters of Nate Hatch and Andrew Fryberg.
“As a family, we just try to remember the
victims and their families through all of this,” said Natasha
“Tasha” Fryberg, who is about a decade older than her little
Tanisha “Tawny” Fryberg, 30, is Andrew's eldest
sister. She doesn't understand why people are not condemning
Jaylen's conduct, as has happened in other school shootings.
“Why is this different?” she asked. “Why is he
seen as a victim? Because of the life he lived? Because he was
their friend? Because they were family? He is not a victim, he is
Nessie Hatch knew Jaylen all of his life. She
doesn't know what motivated him in the cafeteria that day. She's
struggling to live with the harm he caused.
“I didn't consider Jay a victim,” she said. “I
loved him while he was here, but his actions have changed
everyone's lives. He destroyed all of our lives. He totally
changed my son's life.”
Sports have always been an important part of
Nate's identity. He's played football and baseball and wrestled
since he was small. He now faces multiple surgeries as doctors do
It is unclear whether he will be able to play
sports again. That's just one piece of Nate's life that Jaylen
took from him, his mother said.
Within a week of the shootings, the tribal
board of directors released a statement, denouncing Jaylen's
“horrific” actions. Since then, little has been said.
At community meetings on the reservation, some
tribal leaders have begun to say, “Silence is violence.” In other
words, To say nothing condones the wrong.
Nate's and Andrew's families are encouraged
that some leaders are starting to break the silence.
“If it's seen as OK, we are teaching our
younger generation that this is OK. We need to say it now, we need
to teach them now, that what he did is wrong,” Nessie Hatch said.
Silence, they say, also makes it difficult to
forgive, particularly Jaylen's family. They've yet to offer any
sort of public apology for what he did.
Andrew's sister, Tawny Fryberg, was close with
Jaylen's family. Jaylen's father and aunts were like her brother
and sisters. Because of that love, her heart wanted to extend
forgiveness. Whatever their reasons, their silence makes that
“The way they are handling it, they are the
ones building a wall,” she said. “And to stand with my family, I
can't forgive that.”
Andrew, Nate and Jaylen are part of a larger
family. Jaylen Fryberg is the namesake of his father and
grandfather. Andrew Martin Leroy Fryberg is the namesake of three
of his grandfathers.
Nate's great grandmother, Molly Hatch, was born
“My grandmother always said never to drag our
name through the mud. Never to do anything to bring shame and
disgrace to our Fryberg name,” Nessie Hatch said.
That is what Jaylen has done, and everyone who
carries the Fryberg name has been forced to bear that shame, she
The Fryberg family is one of the largest on the
Off the reservation, Andrew's family has
encountered people who mistakenly presume that anyone named
Fryberg somehow bears responsibility for what Jaylen did. They
apparently don't realize that Frybergs number among his victims.
Nate and Andrew grew up next door to each
other. As he heals, Nate continues to split his time between both
homes. He's grieving the loss of his friends and struggling to
forgive the unfathomable.
From his hospital bed, two days after being
shot, Nate posted to Twitter that he had forgiven Jaylen.
Weeks later, it is not that simple, his mother
“My son did forgive Jaylen, in the beginning,”
Nessie Hatch said. “But after he lost his friends, one after
another, that forgiveness has gone from him, turned to anger.”
That doesn't mean the families hold any ill
will toward Jaylen's family.
“I don't want to live in hate. I can't live in
hate. I won't hate them, but I will never forget, and I will not
forgive them,” Tawny Fryberg said.
The families of both boys are grateful for the
compassion of friends and strangers. People from all around the
state, people who don't even know the families, sent cards and
letters and food.
“We cannot thank everyone enough for the
outpouring of love and support,” Nessie said.
Lahneen Fryberg is thankful to have had Andrew
for 15 years. That wasn't long enough. He was her eldest son. His
father, Leroy Fryberg Jr., died in December 2013.
“I thank God that (Lee) was there to take him,”
Evidence refutes claim about chopper availability after MP
By Scott North and Rikki King - Heraldnet.com
December 7, 2014
MARYSVILLE — It was a story that grew wings and
has persisted despite mounting evidence the conclusions were
Within days of the Oct. 24 shootings at
Marysville Pilchuck High School, people in Seattle began
questioning whether everything possible was done to save the
In particular, they wondered why paramedics
took the grievously wounded students by ambulance to Everett’s
Providence Regional Medical Center instead of loading them onto
helicopters for a flight to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle,
the region’s top-ranked trauma hospital.
In reality, the two helicopters sent to help
that morning weren’t close enough to make a difference, and
firefighters weren’t even told about a third medical chopper that
reportedly was in the area.
Airlift Northwest released a timeline three
days after the shootings describing how a helicopter carrying
trained trauma nurses was hovering over the high school when it
was waved off by Marysville firefighters.
But interviews, emergency radio traffic
recordings from that day, emergency dispatch logs and other public
records cast doubt on that version of events.
When paramedics in Marysville began
transporting patients to Everett they were told by dispatchers
that Airlift Northwest helicopters, sent from Seattle and
Bellingham, were still roughly 20 minutes away.
Moments before the helicopters were canceled,
Airlift Northwest told emergency dispatchers those helicopters
still were 14 minutes away from the high school, records show.
Airlift Northwest now acknowledges the only
helicopter it had near the school as the emergency unfolded wasn’t
even responding to the shootings. Instead, it was flying back to
base in Arlington after completing an unrelated call.
“They were flying their normal route and from
their vantage point saw the activity on the ground. They were not
part of the Airlift Northwest deployment to the scene, but were
definitely over the area,” said Susan Gregg, a spokeswoman for
both Harborview and Airlift Northwest. Both are components of the
medical program run by the University of Washington.
The helicopter that was reported to be over the
high school — a different aircraft than Airlift Northwest listed
in its original timeline — wasn’t in contact with ground crews.
Indeed, firefighters didn’t learn of its presence until days
In addition, Airlift Northwest did not have
access to radio channels that would have allowed direct
communication with local firefighters, records show. Similar
problems arose in the hours after the March 22 mudslide in Oso,
which killed 43 people.
The school shootings added urgency to a
conversation about improving radio connections between medical
helicopters and Snohomish County police and firefighters. The
discussions were already taking place.
Greg Corn, chief of the Marysville Fire
District, was at the high school the morning of the shootings. He
thought the helicopters circling overhead were all television
Marysville paramedics focused on trying to save
lives that morning, he said. They followed their training and
protocols, which included describing the nature of the patients’
injuries to emergency doctors at Providence. The doctors told them
to bring all of the victims to Providence, as quickly as possible,
“Even if we would have known that helicopter
was there, we still would have gone to Providence,” he said. “That
was where we were directed.”
A large medical team was waiting at the Everett
hospital. It included two heart surgeons, two neurosurgeons, a
chest surgeon, a vascular surgeon and 12 emergency room
Dispatch logs show that each of the four
ambulance rides from Marysville to Everett, a roughly 11-mile
trip, took 12 minutes or less. The logs and other documents were
obtained by The Daily Herald under the state public records law.
Shooter Jaylen Fryberg, 15, and victim Zoe
Galasso, 14, died at the scene. Shaylee Chuckulnaskit and Gia
Soriano, 14, and Andrew Fryberg, 15, all were rushed to Providence
with gunshot wounds to the head. Nate Hatch, 14, was shot in the
jaw. He and Andrew both wound up at Harborview in the hours after
the shootings. Nate is the only shooting victim to survive.
Waiting for a helicopter to land in Marysville
and to safely load patients would have taken at least 10 minutes,
plus time in the air for transport, landing and unloading at the
hospital, Corn said.
When the wounded students were being loaded
into ambulances, “none of those (airlift) helicopters would have
been overhead, none of the helicopters we were aware of,” Corn
The fire chief said he is “very comfortable and
confident in the decisions and actions our personnel took at the
scene (and) that those decisions and those actions were in the
best interest of those patients — even after the light of
Steve Guptill, the assistant fire chief in
Monroe, serves as board chairman for SNOPAC, the dispatch center
serving much of the county, and heads up SNOPAC’s advisory group
on fire-service operations. He also is chairman of the committee
within the Snohomish County Fire Chiefs Association that looks at
emergency operation issues and makes recommendations for
He has examined the steps taken after the
school shootings by Marysville fire battalion chief Scott Goodale,
who also was on the leadership team in Darrington in the first
week after the mudslide.
“I think he made an excellent decision under
the circumstances he was dealing with,” Guptill said.
For a long time, airlift helicopters have been
recognized as “the gold standard of rapid transport,” Guptill
said. However, in recent months and years, firefighters have
realized that ambulances often can be faster when considering the
“golden hour,” the window after a traumatic injury when
life-saving efforts can be most effective.
Medics making split-second calls at the scene
have to consider the time it takes to get a patient into a
helicopter and off to Seattle, Guptill said. That includes weather
and traffic conditions.
“When we start thinking about the golden hour
and what’s best for our patients, we have to consider all the
pieces of the puzzle,” he said.
Guptill is among those in Snohomish County
focused on improving radio communications with Airlift Northwest.
Days before the shootings, Airlift Northwest
asked the county fire chiefs association for access to additional
firefighter radio channels, Guptill said. The agreement now is
moving through the final levels of approval.
A similar expansion of radio access for Airlift
Northwest began earlier this year for the Snohomish County
sheriff’s helicopters, chief pilot Bill Quistorf said. The
sheriff’s helicopter team provides on-scene air traffic control
during major emergencies in the county.
Making changes takes time because Airlift
Northwest has to reprogram all of its aircraft radios, Quistorf
Giving Airlift Northwest access to additional
local radio channels should improve communication during complex
incidents, SNOPAC Executive Director Kurt Mills said.
“They already had permission on our radio
system, but they’re expanding the number of talk groups that they
have,” he said.
Still, improved communications likely would not
have changed transport decisions at Marysville Pilchuck, officials
The emergency medical response to the
Marysville Pilchuck shootings was reviewed last month in a private
meeting with paramedics, doctors from Providence and Harborview,
Airlift Northwest and state health officials.
Those involved have declined to talk about it,
citing patient confidentiality.
Corn said he feels questions raised about the
decisions his crews made in Marysville were put to rest once the
facts were shared.
Marysville-Pilchuck shooter's texts turned dark
Associated Press - The Daily Herald
November 20, 2014
MARYSVILLE, Wash. - A detective investigating
the high school shooting in Washington state that left five teens
dead says in court papers that the young shooter's texts turned
dark the week before he opened fire, with references to his
funeral and the message: "Bang bang I'm dead."
Moments before Jaylen Fryberg, 15, shot his
fellow students Oct. 24 in the Marysville Pilchuck High School
cafeteria, he texted more than a dozen relatives, describing what
he wanted to wear at his funeral and who should get his personal
possessions, the detective's search warrant affidavit says.
The boy asked relatives to apologize to the
families of his friends "who get caught up in the (expletive)
tomorrow" - referring to the day after the shooting. He also sent
texts in the previous days to a female friend talking about his
death and funeral.
The popular teen fatally shot four friends he
had invited to lunch and wounded a fifth teen before killing
The victims are Gia Soriano, Zoe Galasso and
Shaylee Chuckulnaskit, all 14, and Andrew Fryberg, 15. All were
shot in the head. Nate Hatch, 14, was shot in the jaw and is
recovering. Andrew Fryberg and Hatch are the shooter's cousins.
Investigators have found no evidence to support
a rumor that students had expressed concerns about Jaylen Fryberg
to school authorities before the shooting, police spokeswoman
Shari Ireton said Wednesday.
The Daily Herald of Everett obtained the
Everett police detective's affidavit, which provided details of
the boy's last text messages, but not their full contents. The
detective had been seeking a judge's permission to examine the
boy's cellphone. Multiple agencies are investigating the shooting
and are sifting through hundreds of text messages and social media
While the boy had publicly posted some angry
messages on social media starting in late July, his posts
otherwise were "pretty normal," the detective wrote. The change
began Oct. 18.
Detectives learned that he had been upset by
something that happened between him and a 15-year-old identified
in the affidavit only by her initials and described as a "close
Investigators know what happened between the
two but decided against including specifics in the search warrant
documents to protect her identity, court papers said.
On Oct. 18, Fryberg texted: "Ohk (sic) well
don't bother coming to my funeral." The girl stopped responding
and ignored other text messages. On Oct. 22, the boy texted: "I
set the date. Hopefully you regret not talking to me," ''You have
no idea what I'm talking about. But you will" and "Bang bang I'm
dead." When the friend asked Fryberg to stop, he replied: "No. You
don't care. I don't care."
When she stopped responding, Fryberg tried to
reach her through another friend. The morning of Oct. 24, Fryberg
used Facebook to send that friend a picture of a gun sitting
between his legs, court papers said. He told the friend to have
the girl "call me before I do this."
That message was sent minutes before the
The detective met with two of Fryberg's uncles
the day of the shooting, the Daily Herald reported. One man said
he and 13 other relatives received a text from the boy minutes
before the gunfire. The message was titled: "My Funeral
Detectives later searched the boy's room.
"My hope was that we could find a note or
something that would help explain what happened," the detective
wrote. "Nothing of evidentiary value was located in Jaylen's