Documents released Thursday show Jaylen Fryberg texted several threats of suicide and other dark thoughts to his ex-girlfriend during emotional exchanges just before the shooting at Marysville-Pilchuck High School.
In the days before he killed four of his friends at Marysville-Pilchuck High School last year, Jaylen Fryberg texted several threats of suicide and other dark thoughts to his ex-girlfriend during emotional exchanges over their recent breakup, newly released records show.
The harsh text conversations between Fryberg, 15, and his 15-year-old girlfriend, released under court order Thursday, detail accusations of infidelities and a physical confrontation among angst-ridden banter that continued for days — up until the moment Fryberg pulled out a handgun in the crowded school lunchroom on Oct. 24.
“Ohk well don’t bother coming to my funeral,” Fryberg texted the girl during an argument three days before the shooting.
Killed were Zoe Galasso, Gia Soriano and Shaylee Chuckulnaskit, all 14, and Andrew Fryberg, 15. Nate Hatch, 15, survived.
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The latest batch of 250 pages of records comes after 1,400 pages of interviews, photos, messages and other materials were released earlier this week. Collectively, they build a mountain of details depicting Fryberg’s spiral toward violence — including evidence suggesting he was planning the attack.
A judge citing the new records as a matter of public interest compelled their release Thursday after lawyers representing the girl unsuccessfully challenged their disclosure over privacy concerns.
Among the records released are a text from Fryberg to the girl four days before the shooting that explains why he “really broke up with you.”
“Tell everyone that you tried choking me and threw some punches,” he wrote. “I would have been fine with staying with you but you just went crazy …”
After several of his texts over the next day went unanswered, Fryberg made a series of vague threats about killing himself.
“Just please talk me out of this … ” Fryberg texted the girl. “The guns in my hand …”
The girl responded by telling Fryberg to stop texting and calling her. “I hope you understand that you are NEVER getting me back,” she wrote in one text.
Still, Fryberg kept texting. On Oct. 22, he wrote:
“I set the date. …
“You have no idea what I’m talking about. But you will.”
“Bang bang I’m dead.”
His texts kept coming, until the day of the shooting.
“Just please read my messages today,” he wrote to the girl about 7 a.m.
At about 10:38 a.m., after he sent a Facebook photo of his gun to a cousin, Fryberg implored: “Have —– call me before I do this.”
The cousin messaged back: “Jaylen, stop.”
He replied, “Please just have her call me.”
The cousin responded that Jaylen’s number was blocked. The cousin also warned Jaylen he would tell Jaylen’s father “about your whole ‘killing yourself’ situation.’ ”
Two or three minutes later the ex-girlfriend got a phone call from another student who told her that Jaylen had just shot people. The ex-girlfriend unblocked his number and then tried to call Jaylen, but he didn’t answer.
Records released earlier this week included a substitute teacher’s sworn statements that she warned school personnel about student talk of a shooting planned for that Friday.
Police have said they investigated the teacher’s statements and determined they were false. The woman stands behind the claims, however.