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October 27th, 2014
06:01 PM ET

Grandfather of Marysville shooting victim: He's walking and talking

(CNN) – A victim of Friday's shooting at Marysville Pilchuck High School greeted his grandfather with a wonderful surprise this morning.

"I start walking down the hallway, and here he comes around the corner, walking with his nurse holding onto his arm," said Don Hatch, Jr., who had gone to the hospital to visit his 14-year-old grandson, Nate.

"Really surprising the progress he had in the last few days," Hatch said. "I couldn't believe it."

Yesterday, Nate was even talking, said Hatch, adding that "a lot of prayers" have been answered.

But it's still an uphill battle for the young boy, who will have another surgery this Thursday. Doctors have already told him he can no longer play football, because if he gets hit in the face, it could aggravate his injuries.

Two other students remain hospitalized from Friday's shooting. Shaylee Chuckulnaskit, 14, and Andrew Fryberg, 15, are both in critical condition. Gia Soriano, 14, who had been in critical condition with head injuries, succumbed to her wounds, the Providence Regional Medical Center said late Sunday night.

Hatch and his grandson are related to the shooter, Jaylen Fryberg, who died of a self-inflicted gun shot Friday. Hatch is first cousins with Fryberg's grandfather. Nate and the shooter were cousins, but treated each other like brothers, said Hatch.

"He's wondering why?" said Hatch. "He said, why would my brother do something like this?"

"My feeling is right now, because there are so many things happening, my feeling is that God knows what happened and I think we all ought to leave it alone and leave it there because I don't think we're really going to find out really totally what happened," said Hatch.

The grandfather praised the actions of a teacher, Megan Silberberger, who tried to stop the shooter Friday, calling her a "a hero's hero."

For more of our interview with Don Hatch, Jr., check out the video above.

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