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By Connie Stewart, Los Angeles Times

Another victim of the Marysville-Pilchuck High School shooting in Washington died Sunday night, Providence Regional Medical Center announced.

Gia Soriano, 14, was shot in the head Friday when Jaylen Fryberg took a gun into the cafeteria and opened fire. Authorities say the troubled freshman football player killed one student on the spot and seriously wounded four others, including Soriano, before dying of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

“We regret that Gia Soriano, age 14 years, passed away tonight as a result of her injuries,” the Everett hospital said in a late-night statement. “Despite the tremendous efforts of our caregivers, unfortunately the trauma injuries were extensive.”

The hospital also released a statement from the Soriano family:

“We are devastated by this senseless tragedy. Gia is our beautiful daughter and words cannot express how much we will 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. …

“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.”

The hospital invited the community to participate in a moment of silence on Monday at 10:39 a.m., which coincides with the time of the shooting.

Shaylee Chuckulnaskit, 14, also was shot in the head. She remains in critical condition at Providence hospital.

The two other surviving victims are Nate Hatch, 14, and Andrew Fryberg, 15, both cousins of the shooter. They are being treated at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle.

Hatch is in serious condition but “continues to improve in intensive care,” Harborview spokeswoman Susan Gregg said Sunday. Andrew Fryberg “remains critical in intensive care.”

The student who died immediately has not been identified.

Jaylen Fryberg was a member of a prominent family in the Tulalip tribe. His motive has not yet been determined.

AFP Photo/David Ryder

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Jeff Danziger lives in New York City. He is represented by CWS Syndicate and the Washington Post Writers Group. He is the recipient of the Herblock Prize and the Thomas Nast (Landau) Prize. He served in the US Army in Vietnam and was awarded the Bronze Star and the Air Medal. He has published eleven books of cartoons and one novel. Visit him at DanzigerCartoons.

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