ON MARCH 21, 2005, A 16-YEAR-OLD NAMED Jeffrey Weise, armed with three firearms, entered his former high school on a Native American reservation in Red Lake, Minnesota, and shot over a dozen people, killing 7 and wounding 5 others.

“It ended up being, at that point, the deadliest school shooting since Columbine,” says photographer Andres Gonzalez. “It had stayed out of the media, and our collective memory, for a few apparent reasons. I found that the Tribal Council in Red Lake asked the media to leave the reservation soon after the shooting. The community then turned inward, to heal internally. I also discovered that President George W. Bush had waited five days to acknowledge the tragedy publicly, and then only as part of his weekly radio address — there was no televised press conference.”

Earlier this year, Gonzalez traveled to Red Lake in order to learn more about the shooting, its aftermath, and understand how this community attempted to heal. During his time in the area, he photographed and interviewed survivors of the shooting about their memories of that day, and the days, weeks, and months that followed. He also collected images and assets from various sources: FBI files on the shooting, condolence cards, and yearbook photos.

The following story is a collection of these images interspersed with comments from five individuals in the Red Lake community. Anchoring the essay are the remarks eventually made by President Bush during a radio address on March 26, 2005, one day before Easter.