EVERETT — Shaylee Chuckulnaskit, 14, died on Friday after being shot by a classmate just one week after the Marysville Pilchuck High School schooting. Shaylee was the third victim to die from the tragic Oct. 24 School shooting in Marysville, Washington.
The Marysville school shooting occurred at about 10:40 am PDT on October 24, 2014 in the school cafeteria. The gunman was identified by authorities as 15 year-old student Jaylen Ray Fryberg. The assailant had reportedly shot five students sitting in a cafeteria table before turning the gun on him and committing suicide.
During the incident, the cafeteria where the shooting took place was reportedly filled with over 50 students. The school had immediately gone into ‘lock-down’ and students were being evacuated. The shooter had shot five students, fatally wounding three. All the victims were his friends.
On Friday, Shayley became the third victim to die from the tragic Washington school shooting. Providence Regional Medical Center in Everett issued the following statement Friday:
“Today at 4:45 p.m. Shaylee Chuckulnaskit, known affectionately as Shay to her family and friends, passed away at Providence Regional Medical Center as a result of severe injuries from last Friday’s school shooting at Marysville Pilchuck High School. The entire Providence family is deeply saddened by this news and we extend our heartfelt sympathy to Shaylee’s family.
“The Chuckulnaskit family has requested that this statement be shared:
“Our hearts are broken at the passing of our beautiful daughter. Shay means everything to us. In Shay’s short life she has been a radiant light bringing us incredible joy and happiness. She has been a loving daughter, a caring sister, a devoted friend and a wonderful part of our community. We can’t imagine life without her.
“We have been overwhelmed by the thoughtfulness and support of our family, friends and community. We are deeply grateful for all the acts of kindness that have come our way. We especially want to thank the medics and Providence staff who have cared for Shay.
We request that everyone please provide us the privacy we need so we can grieve our loss. Thank you.”
A Breakdown of the Shooting
At 12:45 p.m. PDT on October 24, it was reported that a female student was killed at the scene and three of the four wounded victims, all students, were in critical condition at Providence Regional Medical Center in Everett, Washington, after having suffered gunshot wounds to the head. The female student who died in the cafeteria was identified as 14-year-old Zoe Raine Galasso, who was killed by a gunshot wound to the head.
The weapon reportedly used to shoot Shaylee and the other victims was a .40 caliber Beretta handgun. According to several reports, before the incident began, Jaylen was feeling depressed over a relationship with a girl who also attended the same school. Jaylen expressed mixed emotions through his social media accounts and showed signs of depression over a ‘break up’.
The motive for the shooting is still unknown. Many classmates described the shooter as a ‘popular kid’ and was even named homecoming prince at a football game — just a week before the shooting occurred.
As CNN and other news outlets began questioning the students close to the shooter, they began to paint the picture of the 15 year-old student. Classmates described him as a ‘nice kid’ and images also confirm that Jaylen was of Native American decent and therefore depicted himself as a member of the Tulalip tribe.
Social media accounts of the shooter have turned up images that show Jaylen hunting and using rifles. Jaylen was also depicted by the images as a normal socially-active teenager where no one would suspect that the 15 year-old would do harm to anybody.
The ownership of the Baretta handgun used in the school shooting was traced to the shooter’s father.
On October 30th, hundreds of people had attended a memorial service for Jaylen Fryberg at a recreation center in the Tulalip Indian Reservation. ■