Shooting Survivor To Receive $270K+ Donation
Supporters have donated more than $270,000 in an online fundraising campaign for Texas teen Cassidy Stay, the lone survivor of a shooting massacre at her home last week that left her mother, father, and four siblings dead.
Thousands of well-wishers took to the Gofundme.com site to donate and leave comments of support for Stay, 15, who spoke publicly for the first time Saturday at a public memorial for her family. “Praying for Cassidy and her strength through this tragic event and beyond,” one commenter wrote. “You are a beautiful and courageous person and you will rise above this!”
More than 9,300 people have shared the donation drive on social media, many using the phrase, “Stay Strong.” According to the site, the funds will be transferred to a trust fund set up by family for the teen survivor.
Organizers hope to reach a goal of $300,000.
Stay, 15, was an intended victim of accused gunman Ronald Lee Haskell, 33, but survived when a bullet fired at her only grazed her head. The rest of her family was murdered execution style in their Spring, Texas home Wednesday. Killed in the shooting were parents Katie, 33, and Stephen Stay, 39, and their two boys, ages 4 and 14; and two girls, ages 7 and 9.