Washington High School Shooting Victim Taken Off Life Support
Another victim of Friday’s shooting rampage at a Washington State high school has died.
Gia Soriano, just 14, was taken off life support late Sunday and died at 9:30 p.m. local time at Providence Regional Medical Center Everett. Her organs were donated for transplant, Dr. Joanne Roberts said.
“We are devastated by this senseless tragedy,” Roberts said, reading a statement from the family. “Gia is our beautiful daughter, and words cannot express how much we will miss her.”
Soriano, Zoe Galasso and three other teens were shot by 14-year-old Jaylen Fryberg at Marysville-Pilchuck High School before he turned the gun on himself. Fryberg, recently crowned homecoming prince, allegedly went after two cousins also among the victims – 15-year-old Andrew Fryberg and 14-year-old Nathan Hatch – after a love interest didn’t chose him.
The high school will remain closed this week as the community at nearby Tulalip Indian reservation mourns.
Many students chose to do their mourning online…
Soriano’s final Facebook post, a soulful black and white selfie taken Oct. 5, became a virtual memorial as countless people shared their condolences.
“U Are Very BeautifulI.I remembered U walking In the Hall ways in Middle School Wit Ur squad N stuff,” Kayla Samuel wrote on Facebook.
“But right now ur in a better place, Ur not alone. Pretty soon we all will be up there in the clouds lookin down at the people we love n care. But this is Very Sad. Ur gone now N….I just wish I knew You alot More,Like alot More but its too late. But i still Love yuh Gia.”
“Bye bye gia i loved all ur smiles and laughs u have always been like a sister to me love u gia pia rip,” wrote Danielle Nicole McCollum.
Soriano offered a significant gift in death – life for others.
“Our daughter was loving, kind and this gift honors her life,” the family said in a statement.
Can’t even imagine the pain these folks are going through, our thoughts and prayers are with all the families and students of Marysville-Pilchuck High School
Image via Facebook