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jaylenMARYSVILLE, Wash — Law enforcement sources confirmed to Q13FOX News that the student who opened fire at Marysville-Pilchuck High School was a popular and socially active freshman at the school named Jaylen Fryberg.

Witnesses said Fryberg stood up in the crowded cafeteria on campus and started firing Friday morning.

Family sources confirmed to Q13 FOX News that Fryberg and a cousin were fighting over another female student the previous day.  That male cousin was injured in the shooting.

Police said a female student was killed in the shooting.

Four additional students were wounded.

Marysville Police said Fryberg took his own life at the scene.

Fryberg was active on social media regularly sharing photos and video on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook. In one photo he can be seen posing with a rifle which he writes was a birthday gift.  The family said Fryberg was an active hunter and would have had easy access to guns.

Family sources also said Fryberg played football and was a wrestler and they claim he was the target of bullies.

Video posted to YouTube shows Fryberg apparently being crowned to the school’s homecoming court earlier this fall.

Sources said he was an active member of the Tulalip Tribe.

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12 comments

  • Amber

    My heart hurts for everyone involved. I wish there was more that could have been done for this young man who was clearly in need of some special help. Before people start claiming we need stricter gun laws I’m just going to say it won’t work. I people want guns they will get them. Maybe his family should have done better to lock theirs up in the presence of a mentally Ill child but let’s face it, stricter gun laws wont magically make criminals follow the law,

  • Kathie

    I am so saddened by the Marysville school shooting. No clue what prompted this kid to do that. Haven’t yet heard what weapon was used, or if he had “issues.” My prayers are with all involved. But I want to say, here and now, if the gun was a pistol, the shooter should not have had access. If it was a rifle, he may or may not have been a legal owner. If you have guns in your home, you need to lock ’em up away from kids. Gun control initiatives are on the ballot. These weird things cannot be controlled by tightening up background checks. Bad guys don’t worry about that — they burglarize your home or swap drugs for guns. Neither initiative addresses mental health care for potentially violent people if that health care is done privately, via the family. Mass murders in the country have been largely those situtations — private health care that doesn’t need to be reported vs. those that have been committed, or adjudicated for violent crimes or domestic violence. Sometimes, people just do crazy things you’d never expect. Just saying . . . Please think about it when you are voting.

  • IP: 174.34.753

    Just in time for the election. Let the dancing in the blood commence.

    By the way, am surprised to hear the family already knows so much of the back story, (the fight with cousins over girl and such), sounds like they were attempting to have a meaningful relationship with him to help teenagers process these feelings as adults should do. And if they had another chance I am sure they would have encouraged him more to open up and resolve his anger/grief in a way that didn’t destroy all hope. But guess what, we all still have that chance. Interact with those who give you influence in their lives and do so in a positive way. Also do it daily so they know you aren’t just there to tell them what to do when times are rough. Let them share those burdens so they never reach the stage of no longer caring. Don’t let any second chances slip away.