Churches Open Doors to Heartbroken Community of Marysville, Washington, After School Shooting

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As the small town of Marysville, Washington state, continues to reel from a fatal high school shooting last Friday, churches are doing all they can to comfort and heal the heartbroken community.

Hospital officials announced late on Sunday that a 14-year-old girl wounded in the shooting at Marysville-Pilchuck High School died from her injuries.

She was identified as freshman Gia Soriano and her death brings the total number killed in the shooting to three.

Her family said in a statement: “We are devastated by this senseless tragedy. Gia is our beautiful daughter and words cannot express how much we will miss her.”

The dead include the gunman Jaylen Fryberg, who entered the school canteen on Friday morning and proceeded to open fire on students, before turning the gun on himself. The other victim has been identified as 14-year-old Zoe R Galasso.

Three were seriously injured in the shooting, including two of Fryberg’s cousins, 15-year-old Andrew Fryberg and 14-year-old Nate Hatch.

Andrew Fryberg and the third wounded student, 14-year-old Shaylee Chuckulnaskit, remain in a critical condition in intensive care.

With classes at the school cancelled all this week, local churches have opened their doors to offer a space for prayer, reflection and support.

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SOURCE: Christian Today
Cath Martin

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