Seattle School Shooter Texts Showed Signs of Problems

Court records show Jaylen Fryberg sent messages to his family and friends before the shooting at Marysville-Philchuck High School.

Court papers show Jaylen Fryberg texted his friends and family about his funeral moments before the Oct. 24 shooting at Marysville-Pilchuck High School that left four teenagers dead. Additionally, Fryberg took his own life in the shooting.

Starting the week before the killing, Fryberg used the reference, “Bang, bang, I’m dead” in his texts, according to detectives. The 15-year-old invited his friends to lunch before shooting them and then killing himself. Gia Soriano, Zoe Galasso and Shaylee Chuckulnaskit, all 14, and Andrew Fryberg, 15, died from the attack. Nate Hatch, 14, is recovering after being shot in the jaw. Andrew Fryberg and Hatch are Jaylen Fryberg’s cousins.

The details of Jaylen Fryberg’s last text messages are in an Everett police detective’s search warrant request, according to the Komo News. The detective was asking a judge to be able to look at Fryberg’s cellphone. The Daily Herald of Everett received a copy of the detective’s request, which contains details, but not the full contents of the texts.

According to the detective’s affidavit, Jaylen Fryberg sent texts saying what he wanted to wear for his funeral, what he wanted done with his possessions and apologizing to the families of his friends for his actions.

Detectives also learned that something happened on Oct. 18 between Fryberg and a 15-year-old female, who is only identified by her initials to protect her identity and is referred to as a “close friend.” Police say they didn’t put it in the warrant to protect her privacy. Fryberg told her “not to come to his funeral” and that she would regret “not talking to him.”  He asked her to call him moments before the shooting.

In the warrant, detectives also say they searched Jaylen Fryberg’s room at his house, but didn’t find any evidence for the reasons for the killings.


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