(HOUSTON) — The lone survivor of a shooting that left her entire family dead spoke at a community memorial only one day after being released from a Texas hospital.
Cassidy Stay, 15, suffered a fractured skull after Ron Haskell allegedly kicked down her family’s door and shot her and her entire family. Haskell is reported to be the ex-husband of Cassidy’s aunt, Melanie Kaye Haskell.
On Friday, Stay was discharged from the hospital, where she had been recovering from her injury.
According to a statement from the Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital, the teenager is expected to make a full recovery.
“As a hospital team, we were honored to be able to help care for this brave young woman at her critical time of need,” read the statement. “The entire staff at Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital has been profoundly touched by Cassidy’s resilient spirit, inner strength, and hopeful heart during this time of indescribable shock and grief.”
After the teenager left the hospital, she greeted the local community by waving from a car sun roof.
The teenager and her maternal grandfather spoke Saturday at a community memorial for her family. The teenager read a prepared statement at the event, which was packed with hundreds of neighbors and friends.
Stay is being hailed a hero after she was able to call police, despite having been shot, and warn them that Haskell was on his way to shoot her grandparents, who are also Haskell’s former in-laws.
“We are in awe of her bravery and courage in calling 911, an act that is likely to have saved all of our lives. She is our hero,” Cassidy’s maternal grandfather Roger Lyon said in a statement. Police said they believe that Lyon and his wife were Haskell’s next targets.
According to court documents, the 34-year-old allegedly kicked down the family’s door and tied up the parents and their five children. Haskell allegedly shot each member of the family when he asked them where his former wife was and they said they did not know. Only Cassidy Stay survived the shooting.
Haskell has been charged with capital murder in the case. He was arrested after three hour standoff with police.
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