Tulalip Tribal Chairman Responds to Shooting Tragedy: Asks for Prayers for Families

In wake of tragedy, community members held a vigil on Friday evening in Marysville, Washington

In wake of tragedy, community members held a vigil on Friday evening in Marysville, Washington

Our community is reeling from this experience.

–Herman Williams, Sr. Tululip Tribes of Washington Chairman

MPTULALIP, WASHINGTON — By late Saturday, law enforcement officials in Marysville, Washington had released still limited information about Friday’s shooting at Marysville-Pilchuck High School that left two teens dead and four others seriously injured.

The shooter was Jayleyn Fryberg, 14, a member of the prominent family of the Tulalip Tribes of Washington. Fryberg was reportedly a popular student at the high school, where only one before he was on the homecoming court of his football team.

Both Fryberg and a still unnamed female student were dead. Fryberg shot two other female students and two male students.

The male students were identified by his family as being his cousins. They are Andrew Fryberg, 15, and Nate Hatch, 14. By Saturday, Andrew was listed in serious condition and Nate in critical condition.

While the full motive for the shooting may never be known, it has been widely reported Fryberg was upset because of a romantic relationship. Additionally, it has been reported, but not confirmed by school officials, he was recently suspended from his high school football team for fighting with a fellow student who reportedly had made racial slurs towards him.

Tulalip Tribal Chairman Herman Williams, Sr. issued the following statement:

“I am deeply saddened by the terrible tragedy in our local school district. Our prayers go out to the families and the entire community.

Our first priority is to support the families and the children of those involved.

Our community is reeling from this experience, so we ask that the media and the public honor the families and our children in this time of grief. Sadly, we are now experiencing what has become a national trend, which we, as a society, must address.

These are our children. They are suffering, and their lives will be forever changed.

The fact that tribal members were involved makes it extremely hard to respond to any inquiries until we are aware of all the circumstances.

As chairman, I ask everyone to pray for the children and families of those involved.”

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