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Zoe Galasso at the dance she went to the weekend before she was fatally shot at her Washington high school.
MARYSVILLE, WA - OCTOBER 24: Students from Marysville-Pilchuck High School write messages and prayers during a vigil at the Grove Church on October 24, 2014 in Marysville, Washington. After a shooting at the high school at least two are dead, including the gunman, with several more wounded. (Photo by David Ryder/Getty Images)
MARYSVILLE, WA - OCTOBER 24: Students from Marysville-Pilchuck High School hold candles during a vigil at the Grove Church on October 24, 2014 in Marysville, Washington. After a shooting at the high school at least two are dead, including the gunman, with several more wounded. (Photo by David Ryder/Getty Images)
Image taken from shooting suspect Jaylen Fryberg's Instagram account
Image taken from shooting suspect Jaylen Fryberg's Instagram account
MARYSVILLE, WA - OCTOBER 24: Students and family members embrace after leaving Marysville-Pilchuck High School in the aftermath of a shooting on the high school's campus on October 24, 2014 in Marysville, Washington. At least two are dead, including the shooter, according to authorities, with several more wounded. (Photo by David Ryder/Getty Images)
MARYSVILLE, WA - OCTOBER 24: Salvation Army worker Gene Rutherford (C) consoles two students at the Shoultes Christian Assembly after they were evacuated from Marysville-Pilchuck High School in the aftermath of a shooting on the high school's campus on October 24, 2014 in Marysville, Washington. 'We will be here as long as they need,' Rutherford said. At least two are dead, including the shooter, according to authorities, with several more wounded. (Photo by David Ryder/Getty Images)
MARYSVILLE, WA - OCTOBER 24: Community members and students from Marysville-Pilchuck High School sing 'Amazing Grace' during a vigil at the Grove Church on October 24, 2014 in Marysville, Washington. After a shooting at the high school at least two are dead, including the gunman, with several more wounded. (Photo by David Ryder/Getty Images)
MARYSVILLE, WA - OCTOBER 24: Students from Marysville-Pilchuck High School grieve during a vigil at the Grove Church on October 24, 2014 in Marysville, Washington. After a shooting at the high school at least two are dead, including the gunman, with several more wounded. (Photo by David Ryder/Getty Images)
A woman wipes her eyes during a memorial vigil at the Grove Church in Marysville, Wash., Friday, Oct. 24, 2014, following a shooting at Marysville Pilchuck High School earlier in the day. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
Isabella MacKeige, 18, a senior at Marysville Pilchuck High School, shows the hand she received cuts on as she climbed a fence with a locked gate after she ran from the school cafeteria when a fellow student began shooting, Friday, Oct. 24, 2014, in Marysville, Wash. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
A young woman holds her head in her hands as she kneels before candles and flowers placed on the stage at the Grove Church in Marysville, Wash., Friday, Oct. 24, 2014, after a memorial vigil held for people affected by a shooting at Marysville Pilchuck High School earlier in the day. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
A sign at Marysville Pilchuck High School promotes conference days in Marysville, Wash., Friday, Oct. 24, 2014, the afternoon after a morning shooting in the school's cafeteria. Officials announced that the school would be closed all next week. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
Peggy Ray, right, hugs her daughter, Shayla Kline, 15, as Kline pets "Rex," a crisis response therapy dog from National Crisis Response, Friday, Oct. 24, 2014, at a church where students were taken following a shooting at Marysville Pilchuck High School in Marysville, Wash. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
Young people bow their heads during a memorial vigil at the Grove Church in Marysville, Wash., Friday, Oct. 24, 2014, following a shooting at Marysville Pilchuck High School earlier in the day. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
A woman waits on a curb at a church Friday, Oct. 24, 2014, where students were taken following a shooting at Marysville Pilchuck High School in Marysville, Wash. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
People embrace in front of school busses at a church, Friday, Oct. 24, 2014, where students were taken to be reunited with parents following a shooting at Marysville Pilchuck High School in Marysville, Wash. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
This is "Bungee", a therapy dog brought to #Marysville for the students dealing with today's tragedy. http://t.co/XkwoeVAgg9
First pic of #HeroTeacher Megan Silberberger, students say she stopped #Marysville gunman. http://t.co/Ld62fgr6KH http://t.co/oQEL8OWZoY
MARYSVILLE, WA - OCTOBER 24: Students and family members embrace after leaving Marysville-Pilchuck High School in the aftermath of a shooting on the high school's campus on October 24, 2014 in Marysville, Washington. At least two are dead, including the shooter, according to authorities, with several more wounded. (Photo by David Ryder/Getty Images)
MARYSVILLE, WA - OCTOBER 24: Students and family members embrace after leaving Marysville-Pilchuck High School in the aftermath of a shooting on the high school's campus on October 24, 2014 in Marysville, Washington. At least two are dead, including the shooter, according to authorities, with several more wounded. (Photo by David Ryder/Getty Images)
MARYSVILLE, WA - OCTOBER 24: Students and family members embrace after leaving Marysville-Pilchuck High School in the aftermath of a shooting on the high school's campus on October 24, 2014 in Marysville, Washington. At least two are dead, including the shooter, according to authorities, with several more wounded. (Photo by David Ryder/Getty Images)
MARYSVILLE, WA - OCTOBER 24: Family members wait to reunite with students at Shoultes Christian Assembly in shortly after a shooting at Marysville-Pilchuck High School on October 24, 2014 in Marysville, Washington. At least two are dead, including the shooter, according to authorities, with several more wounded. (Photo by David Ryder/Getty Images)
MARYSVILLE, WA - OCTOBER 24: Students wait behind police tape at Shoultes Christian Assembly while waiting to reunite with family members after being evacuated from Marysville-Pilchuck High School in the aftermath of a shooting on the high school's campus on October 24, 2014 in Marysville, Washington. At least two are dead, including the shooter, according to authorities, with several more wounded. (Photo by David Ryder/Getty Images)
MARYSVILLE, WA - OCTOBER 24: Students and family members embrace after leaving Marysville-Pilchuck High School in the aftermath of a shooting on the high school's campus on October 24, 2014 in Marysville, Washington. At least two are dead, including the shooter, according to authorities, with several more wounded. (Photo by David Ryder/Getty Images)
MARYSVILLE, WA - OCTOBER 24: A school bus enters Marysville-Pilchuck High School to evacuate students in the aftermath of a shooting on the high school's campus on October 24, 2014 in Marysville, Washington. At least two are dead, including the shooter, according to authorities, with several more wounded. (Photo by David Ryder/Getty Images)
MARYSVILLE, WA - OCTOBER 24: Police monitor athletic fields at Marysville-Pilchuck High School in the aftermath of a shooting on the high school's campus on October 24, 2014 in Marysville, Washington. At least two are dead, including the shooter, according to authorities, with several more wounded. (Photo by David Ryder/Getty Images)
People react as they wait at a church, Friday, Oct. 24, 2014, where students were taken to be reunited with parents following a shooting at Marysville Pilchuck High School in Marysville, Wash. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
A girl, at left, is comforted at a church, Friday, Oct. 24, 2014, where students were taken to be reunited with parents following a shooting at Marysville Pilchuck High School in Marysville, Wash. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
A girl, center, is comforted at a church, Friday, Oct. 24, 2014, where students were taken to be reunited with parents following a shooting at Marysville Pilchuck High School in Marysville, Wash. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
UPDATE adds detail on death toll; Map locates Marysville Pilchuck High School where a gunman launched an attack and has been killed; 1c x 3 inches; 46.5 mm x 76 mm;
This image made from a video provided by KOMO shows student walking as emergency personnel respond after reports of a shooting at Marysville-Pilchuck High School in Marysville, Wash., Friday, Oct. 24, 2014. (AP Photo/KOMO) MANDATORY CREDIT
Two people embrace at a church, Friday, Oct. 24, 2014, where students were taken to be reunited with parents following a shooting at Marysville Pilchuck High School in Marysville, Wash. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
This image made from a video provided by KOMO shows emergency personnel responding after reports of a shooting at Marysville-Pilchuck High School in Marysville, Wash., Friday, Oct. 24, 2014. (AP Photo/KOMO) MANDATORY CREDIT
This image made from a video provided by KOMO shows emergency personnel responding after reports of a shooting at Marysville-Pilchuck High School in Marysville, Wash., Friday, Oct. 24, 2014. (AP Photo/KOMO) MANDATORY CREDIT
People react as they wait at a church, Friday, Oct. 24, 2014, where students were taken to be reunited with parents following a shooting at Marysville Pilchuck High School in Marysville, Wash. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
Being escorted out http://t.co/LdsMXlPPj8
In the church waiting for all students to get here🙏 http://t.co/B5LJXvzUYR
Live shots of Marysville-Pilchuck High School from KOMO.
#BREAKING DETAILS: School shooting reported near Seattle http://t.co/RbqE7vNRFf #abc15 http://t.co/vbJ5mVis5P
Police are responding to reports of a shooting at a high school north of Seattle: http://t.co/0FIsivHHov http://t.co/tnaeeucZ8W
Students being loaded on buses now in Marysville, WA. http://t.co/3k13zgmXqN
UPDATE: Gunman at #Marysville Pilchuck High School reportedly shot self http://t.co/3oMiFiqKVh http://t.co/nGq0124OvU
BREAKING NEWS: Shots fired at high school near Seattle. http://t.co/FG7iJbWfkS http://t.co/3a9UPAnG8c
#BREAKING: Multiple injuries reported after shooting at #Marysville, #Washington, high school, north of #Seattle. http://t.co/39poX8KnvW
MORE: Students evacuating Marysville-Pilchuk H.S. in WA. Reports of shots fired. UPDATES: http://t.co/LSkZb4Atl4 http://t.co/nMbvvM4G8f
#new (2:30 est) Possible active shooter incident at school in #Marysville #Washington As many as 6 injured. http://t.co/PicxGPQ8U3
Armed officers continue to go door-to-door at Marysville Pilchuck HS after shooting. #mphs http://t.co/hX1g7jgvyP
Marysville Pilchuck High School in Marysville, WA on lockdown after reports of shooting http://t.co/fNJXUC9Wgr http://t.co/1UeMX5ZzIG
Marysville-Pilchuck High School shooting: 6 injured and gunman reportedly dead. http://t.co/YsJFwDYRBM http://t.co/vMlHcPs9oh
Report: Shooting in cafeteria at Seattle-area Marysville-Pilchuck H.S. http://t.co/5YiCtSY0kW for updates http://t.co/O06bBVQ2Xp
#BREAKING: School #shooting just north of Seattle. LIVE COVERAGE: http://t.co/aPL8qzx6ss #WatchKHQ #Marysville http://t.co/pjJliRcBa6
BREAKING: Shooting reported at high school in Marysville, WA, north of Seattle - @KIRO7Seattle http://t.co/Rhse3q9GuL
Students evacuated from Marysville-Pilchuck High School in Seattle after reported shooting http://t.co/zoL8FnQZ6I http://t.co/HIDCFGh3ys
School shooting reported at Marysville high school...possibly cafeteria http://t.co/8rjIm7sUTd http://t.co/HtJX2h6bPa
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TULALIP, Wash. (AP) - A newly hired teacher confronted a gunman and was being hailed as a hero on Saturday after a deadly shooting rampage in the cafeteria of a Washington state high school.

First-year social studies teacher Megan Silberberger intervened in the attack Friday at Marysville-Pilchuck High School, teachers union president Randy Davis said.

The teacher intercepted the gunman as he paused, possibly to reload, student Erick Cervantes told KIRO-TV.

"I'm completely amazed by her actions and I feel for her," Davis told The Associated Press. "I don't know why she was in the cafeteria but I'm just grateful she was there."

The attacker killed one girl on Friday and seriously wounded four others - including two of his cousins - before he died of what police said was a self-inflicted wound.

However, it wasn't clear if the shooter committed suicide or if he accidentally shot himself in the struggle with the teacher.

A school resource officer also ran to the scene, Davis said.

The shooter was Jaylen Fryberg, a popular freshman at the school, a government official with direct knowledge of the shooting told The Associated Press. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to the media.

Students and parents said Fryberg was a member of a prominent family from the nearby Tulalip Indian tribes and a freshman who played on the high school football team. He was introduced at a football game as a prince in the 2014 Homecoming court.

Three of 4 Marysville Shooting Survivors in Critical Condition

Fryberg left months of troubling messages on social media, and friends said he'd recently been in a fight over a girl. One of his tweets said, "It breaks me ... It actually does ..."

The tight-knit Native American community on scenic Puget Sound struggled to cope with the tragedy.

Davis said he had spoken briefly with Silberberger, who was traumatized. The Marysville School District released a statement from her.

"While I am thankful and grateful for the support from everyone, at this time I am requesting privacy for myself and my family," Silberberger said.

Students said the gunman stared at his victims as he fired. The shootings set off chaos as students ran outside in a frantic dash to safety, while others huddled inside classrooms.

Lucas Thorington, 14, had known the victims and the shooter since middle school.

"He had a good life. He was very well known," Thorington said Saturday. "I don't know what happened."

Authorities said a .40-caliber handgun was recovered at the shooting scene.

Three of the victims had head wounds and were in critical condition Saturday. Two 14-year-old girls were at Providence Everett Medical Center, and were identified by the facility as Shaylee Chucklenaskit and Gia Soriano. Andrew Fryberg, 15, was at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, a hospital official said.

Providence said the next three days will be key in the girls' treatment.

Soriano's family released a statement, saying they appreciated "your thoughts and prayers. Our hearts go out to the other victims and their families."

Another victim, 14-year-old Nate Hatch, was listed in serious condition at Harborview, the hospital said. Family members told KIRO that Andrew Fryberg, Hatch and Jaylen Fryberg are cousins.

Two other students were treated at the high school for minor wounds, authorities said.

Witnesses described the shooter as methodical inside the cafeteria.

"I heard six shots go off, and I turned and saw people diving under the tables," said 18-year-old Isabella MacKeige. "I thought, 'Run!'"

Marysville-Pilchuck High School has a number of students from the Tulalip Indian tribes. The reservation juts into the eastern rim of Puget Sound, where a series of rocky beaches form its border.

State Sen. John McCoy, a tribal member, said the community met in private Friday night and a prayer service was set for Saturday.

McCoy said the shooter's grandmother was his secretary for about 15 years.

"The family, both sides, are very religious," he said. "If I were to walk into their homes right now, they would probably be praying."

McCoy said everyone is searching for answers.

"What triggered him? That's what we need to find out," he said. "Because from all we have determined, he was a happy-go-lucky, normal kid."


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