One week after shooting, students, families fill Marysville church to pray for high school victims
MARYSVILLE, Wash. -- Seattle Archbishop Peter Sartain celebrated a memorial Mass Friday at St. Mary Catholic Church for the victims of the Marysville-Pilchuck High School shooting, which occurred exactly one week ago.
In his sermon, Sartain offered a prayer for “unity” in the community.
"We never want anybody to think, particularly in the hour of need and the hour of suffering, that they are alone in that suffering," Sartain said.
On Friday, Oct. 24, student Jaylen Fryberg, 14, shot five classmates at Marysville-Pilchuck High before killing himself. Three of the students, Gia Soriano, Zoe Galasso, Shaylee Chuckulnaskit, all 14, died. Andrew Fryberg, 15, and Nate Hatch, 14, remain in the hospital.
"We just got to be strong through everything. It's hard, but we can do this together," said Marysville-Pilchuck freshman Susana Barbosa.
A group of students attended the memorial mass wearing special MPHS shirts. Church members also passed out red ribbons to show their support for the victims and their families.