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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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BY ERIC M. JOHNSON and VICTORIA CAVALIERE

(Reuters) - Members of the Tulalip Tribes community in Washington state say they are trying to comprehend how a life-long friendship among sports-loving cousins ended with one of them gunning down the other two, along with three female friends, in their high school cafeteria.

The shooter and one girl, identified by a family friend as Zoe Galasso, were killed while the other freshmen students were gravely wounded in Friday's morning rampage at Marysville-Pilchuck High School north of Seattle.

While police have not officially identified the gunman or discussed possible motives, family members told Reuters 14-year-old Jaylen Fryberg was the shooter, and the two male victims were his cousins, Nate Hatch and Andrew Fryberg, ages 14 and 15.

Hatch was in serious condition with a gunshot to the jaw while Andrew Fryberg was in critical condition with a gunshot wound to the head, hospital officials said.

Female victims Shaylee Chuckulnaskit and Gia Soriano, both 14, remained in critical condition at a different hospital, officials said. The shooter carried a .40 caliber handgun which he fatally turned on himself.

BEST FRIENDS

Family and tribal members recalled that the boys, especially Jaylen and Hatch, acted like best friends and had grown up just doors away from each other on Native American land near Marysville.

The trio rode four-wheelers along backroads near the Puget Sound a matter of months ago, attended the ceremonial First Salmon festival in June, went to movies and other social events and played basketball and football together, family members said.

On the Saturday before the shooting Fryberg and all the victims went to a high school dance together.

Formally attired, they went out for dinner and posed for photos near the swimming pool at a tribe casino, said Don Hatch, Nate's grandfather.

"You would think there was some animosity that caused it but they were the best of friends, they were like brothers," he told Reuters. "All of us wonder why, but we are trying to pray together and heal and forge on."

The shootings sent shock waves through the Tulalip Tribes, a native American organization which operates two casinos and an outlet mall, and beyond to Marysville, a town of about 63,000.

SEARCH FOR ANSWERS

According to the Snohomish County Sheriff's Office, a school employee tried to stop the shooting, the latest in a string of such incidents that has prompted national debate about school safety and gun laws.

On Sunday the high school was set to host staff members, parents, and students "to hold each other, to talk, and to get some questions answered, perhaps," Superintendent Becky Berg said. "Even though I agree some of these questions won't ever have answers."

More than 150 people gathered at a prayer vigil at a Tulalip gymnasium late Saturday, praying, singing and hugging in between speeches by tribal and community leaders. Mourners also contributed nearly $900 for the victims' families.

'A DISCONNECT'

Jaylen, from a prominent Tulalip Indian Reservation family, was described by classmates and parents as a popular member of the football team who was also homecoming prince.

"Jaylen was always outgoing, an athlete," Brandon Hatch, 26, the boys' cousin, said. "He was a funny guy at times, too, a jokester."

"Nate and Jaylen and Andrew grew up together. They'd go over to each other's houses on the weekend, after school and play (video) games, play sports together," Hatch said.

He said there was no indication of trouble between the cousins before the incident.

Others saw some troubling signs. Classmates and parents said Fryberg had recently been in a fight with another high school football player over a disparaging remark made during practice.

And Fryberg himself hinted on social media at a disappointment of some sort, with messages suggesting heartbreak and anger.

Bella Panjeli, a friend of one of the female victims, said "I heard he asked her out and she rebuffed him and was with his cousin." A school official who requested anonymity and a friend of a female victim also said Fryberg had recently been rejected.

"There is a disconnect," said Jay Napeahi, executive director of Tulalip Housing. "We're trying to make sense of it."

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