EVERETT, Wash. -- The father of the Marysville-Pilchuck High School shooter was in a federal court Tuesday, accused of illegally possessing a gun that his son used to kill four classmates and wound one other.
The news came on a day when one of those classmates, Gia Soriano, would have celebrated her 15th birthday.
At Legion Memorial Park in Everett, dozens of family and friends Tuesday were remembering the teen. It’s the same park, where Gia’s grandmother, Elaine Soriano, installed a park bench in her granddaughter’s honor.
Gia's life was cut short when 15-year old Jaylen Fryberg opened fire in their Marysville-Pilchuck High School cafeteria last October.
Fryberg killed three others that day, including Zoe Galasso, 14, Andrew Fryberg, 15, and Shaylee Chuckulnaskit, 14, before killing himself. He also wounded 15-year old Nate Hatch.
While Soriano’s family wanted to keep the conversation on Gia’s celebration, it was hard to ignore events taking place away from park and inside a federal courtroom, where Fryberg’s father, Raymond, is charged with unlawful possession of firearms.
Court documents say one of the guns he illegally purchased was used by his son in the school shooting.
“It’s really sad for everybody, certain things were overlooked apparently and people lost their children over it,” said Dion Joseph, a family friend.
They’re similar sentiments shared by the family of Nate Hatch, the lone survivor in the shooting.
“I feel that somebody has to be accountable for what happened to our children, the loved ones that have gone on to the other side and with my nephew Nate Hatch is going throughout these days,” said Hatch’s aunt, Paula Satiacum.
It’s a pain, Soriano’s family feels, too, but on Tuesday, they chose to express it by remembering Soriano’s life -- not death.
“We’ll just go on without her and know we were blessed to have her 14 years of our lives,” Elaine Soriano.
Gia's family donated her organs when she died. Present at her birthday celebration was her cousin Kevin Cochran, who received one of her kidneys. He said he feels he's gotten a second chance at life.