Third victim of Washington school shooting, a 14-year-old girl, dies: Hospital

Members of the community and students grieve beside a makeshift memorial at Marysville-Pilchuck High School in Marysville, Washington on Oct 26, 2014. -- PHOTO: AFP
Members of the community and students grieve beside a makeshift memorial at Marysville-Pilchuck High School in Marysville, Washington on Oct 26, 2014. -- PHOTO: AFP

WASHINGTON (AFP) - A 14-year-old United States girl critically injured by a fellow high-school student in a shooting rampage in Washington last week has died, hospital officials said on Friday.

"Shaylee Chuckulnaskit, known affectionately as Shay to her family and friends, passed away at Providence Regional Medical Centre as a result of severe injuries from last Friday's school shooting," the hospital said in reference to the assault in the northwestern state of Washington. The gunman shot one girl on the spot before fatally turning the gun on himself.

In a brief statement, members of Chuckulnaskit’s family said their hearts were “broken at the passing of our beautiful daughter”. “She has been a loving daughter, a caring sister, a devoted friend and a wonderful part of our community. We can’t imagine life without her,” they said.Her death follows that of 14-year-old Gia Soriano, who died of injuries at the same hospital on Sunday. Chuckulnaskit and Soriano were among three teens, including one boy, who were in critical condition after being shot in the head. Another boy was in a serious condition following the rampage, having been shot in the jaw.The police are attempting to ascertain a motive for for the incident at Marysville-Pilchuck High School in Marysville, north of Seattle.The teen widely identified as the shooter, Jaylen Fryberg, had left a series of tortured posts on Twitter, suggesting he was used to handling guns, and hinting that a failed romance may have led to the shooting.Local media said Fryberg, a Native American, played on the school football team and had been named a homecoming prince just a week before.