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.
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.”
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."
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.
600 balloons were released at the memorial — 100 for each victim who died.
Watch Cassidy Stay's emotional speech three days after she was shot in the head in her suburban Houston home.
UPDATE: Over $300,000 has been raised online for Cassidy Stay.