A teenager in a suburb of Houston is the only member of her family to survive an attack. During the attack, her parents and four younger siblings were killed. The young teen is said to be on the road to recovery.
Cassidy Stay, 15, thanked the first responders at her first public appearance since the shootings. Standing at Lemm Elementary School, Stay said, “Happiness can be found even in darkest of times, if one remembers to turn on the light.” The quote she cited was from Albus Dumbledore, the headmaster of the Hogwarts school of wizards in the Harry Potter books by famed author J.K. Rowling.
According to law enforcement authorities, Stay’s aunt’s ex-husband, Ronald Lee Haskell entered the family’s home in a rage last week. He fatally shot her parents and four siblings, ages four to 13. Stay’s skull was fractured by a bullet graze and she was able to survive the shooting by playing dead.
After Haskell left the home, Stay contacted police officers to warn them that he intended to go to her grandparents’ house next to kill them as well. Speaking of her slain family members, Stay said, “I’ll be able to see them again one day.”
Haskell, 33, is accused of binding the family members and forcing them to lie face down on the floor of their home. He then methodically shot each one.
When Haskell lived in Utah with his wife, he’d had numerous run-ins with the law. Neighbors at the time stated that the Haskell marriage was extremely rocky. Stay had gone to Utah last fall to help her aunt escape the relationship.
Stay’s aunt fled to Texas where she hoped to be able to start a new life. Haskell’s violent rage put an end to that.
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