I would be inconsolable.
A second victim of the Washington high school shooting died on Sunday, two days after a teen-aged gunman opened fire on a group of his best friends and family members involved in an apparently tragic love triangle.
Gia Soriano, 14, succumbed to gunshot wounds she suffered when 15-year-old Jaylen Fryberg opened fire on the group in the canteen at Marysville-Pilchuck High School during lunch break on Friday.
Jaylen shot dead the girl he had a crush on, Zoe Galasso, 14, and wounded four other teenagers – Andrew Fryberg and Nate Hatch, Ms Soriano and Shaylee Chuckulnaskit – before shooting himself dead.
Andrew Fryberg, 15, and Mr Hatch, 14, were the shooter’s cousins and Ms Soriano and Ms Chuckulnaskit, also 14, were close friends of the group.
Mr Soriano’s family said in a statement: ‘We are devastated by this senseless tragedy. Gia is our beautiful daughter and words cannot express how much we’ll miss her.
‘We’ve made the decision to donate Gia’s organs so that others may benefit.
‘Our daughter was loving, kind and this gift honors her life.
‘Thank you to Providence for their excellent care – bar none – from beginning to end.
‘Thank you to our friends and family who have supported us. Thank you to Drs. Bill Finley, Sanford Wright and Anita Tsen for their tremendous support and compassion. And thank you, to Bill and Ben with LifeCenter.
‘We ask that you please respect our privacy and give us the space and time we need to grieve and spend time together as a family in memory of Gia.’
She died at the Providence Medical Center, which described Ms Soriano’s death at 9.30pm PST as a ‘senseless tragedy’ and invited the community to join a minute’s silence at 10.39am on Monday – exactly 72 hours after the attack.
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