Washington state school shooting victim, 14, released from hospital
A 14-year-old survivor of a school shooting in Washington state that left four students dead was released from the hospital Thursday after receiving treatment for almost two weeks.
Nate Hatch was shot in the jaw on Oct. 24 after a classmate, Jaylen Fryberg, 15, invited him and other friends to lunch in the cafeteria of Marysville-Pilchuck High School and then opened fire.
“We appreciate all the amazing support we have received from the community,” Nate Hatch’s family said in a statement released through Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, where he was treated. “We are grateful for the top-notch care Nate received from the team at Harborview Medical Center.
“Our hearts and prayers go out to all the families who have been affected by this horrific tragedy. Please allow us the privacy we need to continue on the road of recovery. Thank you.”
Zoe Galasso and Gia Soriano died of gunshot wounds to the head. Shaylee Adelle Chuckulnaskit died last week from her gunshot wounds. They were all 14. Andrew Fryberg, 15, remains hospitalized in critical condition.
Jaylen Fryberg shot and killed himself at the scene.
Shaylee Adelle Chuckulnaskit’s family published an obituary for their daughter on Monday that described her as “very outgoing, confident, silly, persistent, fearless, and she mirrored God’s forgiving ways.”
“She was also a fighter with spirit and had faith that could move mountains,” the obituary says, adding, “We also would like to thank all for their support, donations, prayers, etc., from family to the whole nation for all you have done for our family and Shay, she meant the world to us!”
Officials have said Hatch and Andrew Fryberg were both cousins of the shooter, who was a member of the Tulalip Tribes.
In a statement, the tribe said Jaylen Fryberg’s actions were his alone.
“Even though we may never know why, there can be no justification for taking the lives of others,” the statement read. “These were the acts of an individual, not a family, not a tribe.”
James Queally contributed to this report.
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