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What Led Jaylen Fryberg To Commit the Deadliest High School Shooting in a Decade?


Before sunrise one morning in July, a day Ray Fryberg Jr. was scheduled to appear in court, someone smashed the windows of his car. He noticed the shattered glass on the pavement as he was leaving his home. He probably wasn’t too surprised. A month earlier, he had awoken to find that someone had broken every window in his house.

Ray was once a respected member of the Tulalip Tribes, who occupy a reservation near Seattle. He worked for the tribal Natural Resource Department and led drum circles. But when he lost his teenage son Jaylen last year, the community turned on him. That sounds unspeakably cruel, but Jaylen’s wasn’t an ordinary death; he died in a murder-suicide that was the deadliest high school shooting in a decade, the second deadliest since Columbine. The tragedy was likely also the only major school shooting in which the killer solely targeted his friends. And the families of those friends he killed were Jaylen’s cousins and neighbors. And, of course, Ray’s.


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