When Jaylen Fryberg entered his high school’s cafeteria on Friday, he didn’t randomly shoot at classmates. He targeted his two best friends, who also happened to be family.
“All three of the boys, they’re like triplets. They were inseparable,” says Paula Hatch Satiacum, whose nephew Nathan Hatch was shot by Fryberg.
Hatch, 15, remained in serious condition at Harborview Medical Center, hospital officials said Saturday. Another boy, 14-year-old Andrew Fryberg, was listed in critical condition at the same hospital.
It is still unclear why Jaylen, armed with a gun, opened fire at Marysville-Pilchuck High School where he seriously injured four people and killed another before turning the gun on himself.
Officials have not identified the name of the student who died, but students Shaylee “Shay” Chuckulnaskit and Gia Soriano, both 14, are in critical condition at Providence Everett Medical Center, officials said.
The boys, who are cousins, lived within a block of each other on the Tulalip Indian Reservation in Washington, about 45 minutes away from Seattle. Since they were children, they were often seen hanging around the reservation together.
“They do everything together, whether it’s cultural, sports or home activities,” says Hatch Satiacum. “They’re friends – best friends and cousins.”
She says no one saw this coming and the family’s community is reeling as they continue to search for answers.
“It’s very hard at the moment,” she says. “We have two in Seattle and we lost our cousin Jaylen. Our community is going house to hospital and hospital to house.”