Tulalip Tribes 'denounce horrific actions' of Marysville school shooter, a tribe member

MARYSVILLE -- The Tulalip Tribes issued a statement Wednesday denouncing "the horrific actions of Jaylen Fryberg," a 14-year-old tribe member who fatally shot two students and wounded three others at Marysville-Pilchuck High School last Friday.

"All of the young people he attacked were his friends, and two were his cousins," the statement said.

"Parents and children alike are struggling to understand what caused him to act in such a manner. Even though we may never know why, there can be no justification for taking the lives of others. These were the acts of an individual, not a family, not a tribe."

The Tribes said, "Schools in the Marysville School District have received threats. While some have been directed at Native children, we are concerned fro the safety of all of our children. Many of our kids are fearful to return to school, and some parents are reluctant to send them."

The statement said, "It is our custom to come together in times of grief. The tribe holds up our people who are struggling through times of loss. We are supporting the family of Jaylen Fryberg in their time of loss, but that does not mean we condone his actions."

The statement said the Tribes "are grateful for the outpouring of support we are receiving from our neighbors, other tribes and organizations, and from around the world."