Edmonds artist Michael Reagan, who has spent the past eight years drawing portraits of fallen soldiers, just completed another project of particular significance to four Snohomish County families: sketching the four teens who were killed at Marysville-Pilchuck High School in October.
When the shootings happened at Marysville-Pilchuck Oct. 24, Reagan said, “the only thing I could think of was, I want to do these portraits (of the victims).” He contacted Marysville Mayor Jon Nehring and the mayor let the victims’ families know about Reagan’s offer to draw their children, who were shot in the school cafeteria by a fellow student.
Using photos supplied by the families, Reagan went to work, researching as much as he could about each of the victims – Andrew Fryberg, Zoe Galasso, Shaylee Chuckulnaskit and Gia Soriano. Each portrait took about six hours, and they were presented to their families last week, Reagan said. The goal was to complete them before Christmas, so the families could have the memory of their loved ones on the walls during the holidays.
It’s not the first time that Reagan has completed portraits of children who died under tragic circumstances. In 2013, he sketched all the children and teachers who lost their lives in the Newtown, Conn. shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School in December 2012. All of the drawings are done free of charge through his Michael G. Reagan Portrait Foundation.
“I’ll never forget them,” Reagan said of the victims he has sketched. “When these kinds of things happen, it’s not just that people die, it’s a future that goes away. There are some incredible kids there that got cheated out of doing something wonderful.”
Editor’s note: KING-TV will be profiling Michael Reagan during a special program at 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 27.