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UPDATED: Fri., April 20, 2018, 9:38 p.m.

Freeman students march in unity to honor memory of slain classmate Sam Strahan

Drenched in sunshine and a sharp spring wind, more than 70 students marched Friday out of Freeman High School behind a “Freeman Strong” banner to the same football field where …


Beyond sincere assistance, school shootings attract profiteers, would-be saviors and so-called experts

In the minutes, hours and days following a school shooting, those involved struggle to process, heal and understand. And those looking to make a buck pick up the phone, or …


Help flows in as Freeman High School looks forward

After the shooting at Freeman High School, assistance began flowing to the school.


UPDATED: Fri., Sept. 22, 2017, 7:47 p.m.

Details of memorial service for student slain in Freeman shooting announced

Sam Strahan’s memorial service will be held on Saturday and is open to the public, according to a news release from the family. Strahan was shot and killed by a …


Strangers fold flowers for Freeman shooting victim’s memorial

About 40 strangers joined together, Thursday, to handcraft paper flowers for Sam Strahan’s memorial service.


UPDATED: Thu., Sept. 21, 2017, 9:13 p.m.

Rockford to honor Freeman High School at Southeast Spokane County Fair

The small town of Rockford plans to honor the victims of the Freeman High School shooting with a moment of silence at this weekend’s Southeast Spokane County Fair. Along with …


UPDATED: Wed., Sept. 20, 2017, 8:54 p.m.

Second woman, man suspected of snatching purse belonging to Freeman High School parent arrested

It was in the middle of the chaos surrounding a school shooting last week that three people saw opportunity rather than heartbreak. While parents sped along traffic-clogged U.S. Highway 27, …


Area schools respond, adapt to Freeman tragedy

Across the Spokane-region students met with school staff to start and try to process last week’s school shooting.


UPDATED: Wed., Sept. 20, 2017, 9:50 p.m.

Freeman shooting highlights difficulty of keeping schools secure

The events at Freeman High School last week represent the fundamental challenge of school security: balancing the public nature of schools with safety and security.


UPDATED: Tue., Sept. 19, 2017, 11:06 p.m.

McMorris Rodgers visits Freeman High School

Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers delivered donuts to students and staff at Freeman High School on Tuesday morning, along with a pledge to bring federal assistance to the site of last …


UPDATED: Tue., Sept. 19, 2017, 8:28 p.m.

One of two suspected purse snatchers still being sought after Freeman shooting

One of two women suspected of stealing a purse from a Freeman parent during last week’s shooting at Freeman High School appeared in court Tuesday.


UPDATED: Tue., Sept. 19, 2017, 8:11 p.m.

Accused Freeman High School shooter pleads not guilty

The attorney for accused Freeman High School shooter Caleb Sharpe entered a written not guilty plea into the record on Thursday, according to new court documents.


UPDATED: Mon., Sept. 18, 2017, 9:40 p.m.

Detectives arrest woman suspected of prowling cars of Freeman school parents in wake of shooting

Detectives have arrested a woman suspected of prowling cars parked by parents rushing to reunite with their children in the wake of the Freeman school shooting.


UPDATED: Mon., Sept. 18, 2017, 11:01 p.m.

Accused Freeman school shooter Caleb Sharpe drew an “X” over some student pictures in yearbook

When Spokane County Sheriff’s detectives searched Caleb Sharpe’s home, they found he had marked out the faces of fellow classmates in the Freeman High School yearbook. “X = kill,” Detective …


UPDATED: Mon., Sept. 18, 2017, 11:01 p.m.

Two girls injured in Freeman school shooting surprise classmates with visit

The two girls injured in the Freeman school shooting surprised their classmates with a visit, Monday.


UPDATED: Mon., Sept. 18, 2017, 9:25 a.m.

Support measures in place as Freeman students return to school

Freeman High School students will return to school Monday for the first time since violence erupted there last week.


Shawn Vestal: No easy answers after Freeman school shooting

Whatever your pet theory regarding school shootings, the events at Freeman High could satisfy it. Do you blame easy, continual access to guns? Check. Do you blame mental illness and …


Unbowed by tragedy, Freeman High School finds unity at Friday night game

After tragic school shooting, Freeman High School came together Friday night to celebrate their school, each other and the ties that bind them.


Freeman High School suspended, evaluated shooter after note was discovered

A parent and a school official confirmed for the first time Friday that the Freeman School District knew Caleb Sharpe had handed notes to students threatening to do something stupid, …


UPDATED: Fri., Sept. 15, 2017, 11:13 p.m.

Purse stolen from mother as she raced to find child in wake of Freeman school shooting

A mother left her car on Highway 27 in Rockford to run to Freeman High School to find her children Wednesday after a fatal shooting was reported there. Someone then …


UPDATED: Fri., Sept. 15, 2017, 7:44 p.m.

One victim in Freeman shooting released from hospital

One of the teenage girls shot and injured in Wednesday’s school shooting was released from the hospital Thursday, according to a hospital news release.


UPDATED: Sun., Sept. 17, 2017, 11:30 a.m.

Bullying too simple an explanation for Freeman school shooting, experts say

When Caleb Sharpe told police he opened fire on his Freeman High School classmates to “teach everyone a lesson about what happens when you bully others” his story fell into …


UPDATED: Thu., Sept. 14, 2017, 10:31 p.m.

Thousands gather for community meeting at Freeman High School

What seemed to be every resident in southern Spokane County packed into the Freeman High School gym Thursday evening to hear an update on the shooting that rocked the school …


UPDATED: Fri., Sept. 15, 2017, 2:17 p.m.

Chaps Diner and Bakery opens its door to Freeman families

Chaps Diner and Bakery was closed to the public Thursday, but open – and free – for everyone in the Freeman community and emergency responders following the Wednesday shooting that …


UPDATED: Thu., Sept. 14, 2017, 9:19 p.m.

Knezovich: Societal breakdown to blame for Freeman school shooting

Spokane County Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich blamed a breakdown of society, the media and problems with the mental health system for Wednesday’s


UPDATED: Thu., Sept. 14, 2017, 8:19 p.m.

Freeman shooter got gun from father’s safe, shot victim twice, according to court documents

The guns used by a Freeman High School student to kill a classmate and wound three others were taken from his father’s gun safe, according to court documents.


UPDATED: Thu., Sept. 14, 2017, 2:13 p.m.

In the space of moments, Freeman High School ripped by violence

He arrived with a warning for his friends. In a note, he told them he planned to do “something stupid.” Just after 10 a.m. Wednesday, his promise was kept and …


Shaken community gathers to pray for Freeman families

Hundreds gathered for vigils in Fairfield and Spokane Wednesday night to pray for the students wounded and killed in a shooting at Freeman High School earlier that day.


UPDATED: Wed., Sept. 13, 2017, 10:48 p.m.

Wounded girls have deep roots in Freeman community

The three teenage girls shot and wounded Wednesday at Freeman High School are described by their classmates as sweet, funny and kind during a vigil Wednesday.


UPDATED: Thu., Sept. 14, 2017, 12:45 p.m.

12 weeks after father dies, tragedy strikes Strahan family again in Freeman shooting

Sam Strahan died mere weeks after losing his father in a tragic accident on Father’s Day.