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Texas community rallies around teen who survived brutal attack

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A community is coming together today to support the lone survivor of a brutal attack that claimed the lives of her parents and four siblings earlier this month.

It was July 9, 2014, when 15-year-old Cassidy Stay and her family were ambushed inside their home in a brutal attack by a former family member identified as Ronald Lee Haskell. Cassidy's parents, as well as her four younger siblings, were killed in the intrusion; amazingly, Cassidy was grazed instead of fatally shot, and the teen then fought her way to call authorities for help.

Her bravery, according to authorities, alerted police that Haskell was still reportedly intending to do more harm. Her 911 call resulted in officials pursuing Haskell and cornering him in a nearby subdivision, resulting in a stand-off that eventually led to the suspect's arrest.

Friends, loved ones, and even complete strangers are now coming together to support Cassidy, through the "Stay Strong" campaign. The group has announced a benefit softball tournament to be held Saturday, August 16, 2014, to help raise funds for Cassidy's medical expenses and other needs.

The event will be held at PJ's Softball Park in Spring, TX, with Mens' and Co-ed Divisions. Entry fee is $175.00 per team, with all proceeds benefiting the Stay Family Fund. Additionally, items will be up for raffle; Brad Bezoni, one of the volunteers for this event, tells The Examiner that raffle items are being accepted for the benefit.

If you would like to participate in the softball benefit -- or donate an item for the raffle -- please call PJ's Softball Park at (281)) 350-3325, or Brad Bezoni at (832) 236-7460.

A GoFundMe account has been established to help support Cassidy, and a FaceBook page has been set up for anyone wanting more information on how to help.

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