SEATTLE (AP) — A girl killed in a drive-by shooting in Lake Stevens was a freshman at Seattle’s Bishop Blanchet high school.

The president of the private Catholic school, Antonio DeSapio, issued a statement Sunday confirming that the victim was 15-year-old Molly Conley of Seattle. He called it a “a terrible act of random violence.”

Conley, from Seattle’s Magnolia neighborhood, was reportedly walking with friends, including several classmates, and celebrating her birthday in Lake Stevens on Saturday night when she was shot in the neck.

Her family’s church, Our Lady of Fatima, held a Sunday night prayer service in her memory.

DeSapio says grief counselors will be on hand to meet with students, teachers, staff and parents when school opens Monday morning.

Conley’s brother, John, is a Bishop Blanchet sophomore, and two cousins also attend the school.

Snohomish County sheriff’s Lt. Rodney Rochon confirmed that the sheriff’s major crimes team is assisting Lake Stevens police with the investigation, but he said Sunday he had no further information about the crime.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.


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