The Christian community including Hillsong's matriarch Darlene Zschech, popular author and preacher Tony Evans, successor to Mark Driscoll Dave Bruskas and countless others offer their prayers and support to the victims of the Marysville shooting. Last Friday, students and staff were evacuated from the Marysville-Pilchuck High School near Seattle in the western state of Washington, after one of its students, identified as Jaylen Fryberg, entered the school cafeteria and began shooting just before 10:30am (local time).
The shooter, a homecoming prince at the school, used a handgun to kill one of the students and wound four others before fatally shooting himself. The shooter was Jaylen Fryberg a popular member of both the wrestling and football teams.
Three of the wounded are in a critical condition with gunshot wounds to the head and are undergoing surgery, chief of medicine at Providence Regional Medical Centre, Joanne Roberts said. The fourth victim suffered less serious injuries and had been transferred to another hospital.
Rebecca Cooley, whose son played sports with Fryberg and was approaching the cafeteria when the shooting erupted, said an altercation broke out on an athletic field following football practice in recent days and that one boy involved was among those shot.
Over social media, the Christian community is reaching out through prayers and support. Darlene Zschech, who has fronted Hillsong's Worship albums for years and who has penned songs for the megachurch such as "Shout to the Lord" and "Worthy is the Lamb" writes on Twitter: "Praying for all family and friends suffering due to recent shootings in the USA xx lost for adequate words."
Dave Bruskas who was recently appointed Interim Preaching Pastor at Mars Hill Church after the infamous resignation of Mark Driscoll took time to offer these words: "Praying for all those hurting in Marysville today."
Noteable writer and preacher Tony Evans offers his prayers too as he writes, "Joining with others to pray for the families, students and staff in Marysville, Washington today."