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Two students die in shooting incident. 

Update: Phuong Kieu, a science teacher at Independence High School in Glendale, confirmed that her sister, May Kieu, was one of the victims in today's tragedy. She has started a GoFundMe page to help with funeral expenses. 

GoFundMe: May Kieu Funeral Expenses


Photo from the GoFundMe page for May Kieu.

May, 15, was a sophomore. According to Phuong, her sister was an honors student, on the badminton club and VP of the Key Club. She also had the role of Marcie in the school play production, "You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown."

Police consider this to be a murder-suicide. The other student, who has not been officially identified, apparently shot May and then turned the gun on herself. A suicide note was found at the scene. 

Within 2 minutes of the 911 call, Glendale Police were on the scene at Independence High School. They found two 15-year-old girls, sophomores, dead from a single gunshot wound each. A weapon was found nearby. The incident occurred shortly before 8 AM.

The campus was put on immediate lockdown as a precaution, however, police identified it almost immediately as an “isolated” incident, and confirmed that there was no active shooter on campus. Glendale Police Spokesperson Tracey Breeden said there are no suspects or persons of interest in the case. 

According to Breedon, police were not aware of any threats to any individual person at the school, either before or after this morning. 

Students were released from school early to parents waiting nearby, or with parent/guardian permission. 

The victims have not been officially identified by law enforcement at this time. 

Governor Doug Ducey issued the following statement: 

PHOENIX – “As details of this morning’s tragic shooting continue to be released, our hearts remain with the students, educators and families of Independence High School and the entire Glendale community.

“I commend the police officers, first responders, school safety officials, teachers and school administrators for their swift response and diligent work to secure the area and protect the students at the school. The state of Arizona continues to watch the situation closely, and stands at the ready to offer any support the school or community need.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with them, with everyone on scene and with the community during this difficult time.”

Glendale Councilmember Sam Chavira also issued a statement:

"The loss of life at Independence High School breaks my heart. Please join my family and pray for the two young students that lost their life today and their families. Together let us pray for our students, teachers, public safety officials and our Glendale community as we mourn. May God help us find strength in each other as we try to make sense of this tragedy."

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