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Counselors on Hand After Ariz. Shooting02/13 15:03

   GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) -- Social workers offered counsel to students at a 
suburban Phoenix high school Saturday, a day after two 15-year-old girls died 
there in a murder-suicide shooting.

   Counselors were available throughout the morning for students, as well as 
their families at Independence High School in Glendale, according to a 
statement issued by Principal Rob Ambrose.

   Glendale police said the bodies of the two students were discovered Friday 
just before the start of classes in an area near the cafeteria, Glendale police 
said. Each had been shot once and declared dead at the school.

   Investigators recovered a weapon and a suicide note, but police did not 
release the contents of the note.

   "Information gathered by detectives reveal the two girls were very close 
friends, appeared to also be in a relationship," police spokeswoman Tracey 
Breeden said.

   Police have not yet released the names of the students, citing their age. 
But Phuong Kieu, a science teacher at the school, told multiple media outlets 
Friday that one of the victims was her sister, May Kieu.

   Phuong Kieu told Phoenix TV station KNXV she was trying to find out where 
her sister was when a vice principal took her out of her classroom.

   "That's when they told me --- the policemen, the detectives --- that my 
sister's gone. They confirmed it and she's not coming back," Phuong Kieu said 
while wiping away tears.

   The teacher said her younger sister was nice to everyone and had a bright 
future. She set up a GoFundMe page to raise money for funeral expenses. As of 
Saturday afternoon, the site received more than $11,000 in donations.

   Police say nobody witnessed the shooting, but the incident initially caused 
widespread panic among parents who could not reach their children, and the 
school was put on lockdown. Hundreds of worried parents crowded the parking 
lots of nearby discount and convenience stores awaiting information about their 
children. The lockdown was lifted after several hours.


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