The latest teen to die after the October 24 shooting at Marysville-Pilchuck High School is 14-year-ld Shaylee Chuckulnaskit. According to officials at Providence Regional Medical Center in Everett, Washington, Chuckulnaskit died of her injuries on Friday afternoon, October 31.
The Chuckulnasit family released a statement through Providence. “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,” said the family.
When authorities showed up at the cafeteria where the shooting took place, Chuckulnaskit’s injuries were reportedly so severe that she was unrecognizable. She suffered critical head wounds.
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Chuckulnaskit is the fourth casualty in the shooting that happened on October 24. Zoe Galasso, 14, was killed by the shooter, Jaylen Fryberg, 15, at the scene before he allegedly turned the gun on himself. Fryberg also shot Chuckulnaskit and Gia Soriano, 14, who died on Sunday, October 26, at the same hospital as Chuckulnaskit. Two other teens and cousins of the shooter, Andrew Fryberg and Nate Hatch, were also wounded by Fryberg and are still recovering from their injuries.
A memorial by the Tulalip Indian reservation was held on Thursday, October 30, for Fryberg, who was a member of a prominent tribal family. The Tulalip Tribes issued a statement condemning Fryberg’s “horrific actions” and explained that it was their custom to gather in times of grief.
The tribes also issued a statement last Friday, upon Chuckulnaskit’s death, saying, “our hearts are heavy as we hear of the passing of Shaylee Chuckulnaskit. Shaylee and her family are part of our extended Tulalip community and we offer up our prayers.”