Teenage Survivor Of Houston Shooting Makes Emotional Appearance Three Days After Her Family Was Murdered

15-year-old Cassidy Stay told a crowd 400 people Saturday that her family are “in a much better place, and that I’ll be able to see them again one day.”

1. The 15-year-old sole survivor of a shooting that left her parents and four siblings dead inside their suburban Houston home thanked the community for their support at a memorial event Saturday, just three days after she was also shot in the head.

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2. Cassidy Stay told the large crowd gathered at Lemm Elementary School in Spring, Texas that she’s comforted knowing her parents, two brothers and two sisters are “in a much better place, and that I’ll be able to see them again one day.”

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3. After telling the crowd of more than 400 she’s a “big Harry Potter fan,” Cassidy said, “In ‘The Prisoner of Azkaban,’ Dumbledore says: ‘Happiness can be found even in the darkest of times if one only remembers to turn on the light.”

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4. Cassidy’s parents, Stephen and Katie, and four of her brothers and sisters, Brian, Emily, Rebecca and Zachery, were fatally shot. Her ex-uncle, Ronald Lee Haskell, has been charged with the murders. Cassidy said she survived by playing dead.

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She then called 911 and identified Haskell, who was captured by police Wednesday night after a four-hour standoff. Haskell faces six charges of capital murder.

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Cassidy Stay is comforted by one of the attendees at a memorial in Houston, TX on Saturday.

6. 600 balloons were released at the memorial — 100 for each victim who died.

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8. Watch Cassidy Stay’s emotional speech three days after she was shot in the head in her suburban Houston home.

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9. UPDATE: Over $300,000 has been raised online for Cassidy Stay.

Almost 6,000 donors have contributed more than $300,000 in the past five days to a fundraising campaign created online in the wake of the tragedy.

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