“Harry Potter” Author Reaches Out To Texas Shooting Survivor

The author of the popular “Harry Potter” series has reached out to a teenage Texas girl who survived a shooting rampage that left the rest of her family dead.

Cassidy Stay (File)

HOUSTON (August 8, 2014) “Harry Potter” creator J.K. Rowling has reached out to Cassidy Stay, 15, the only survivor of a shooting rampage that claimed the lives of her parents and four siblings at the family’s suburban Houston home

Rowling's publicist says the British author sent Cassidy Stay a letter and package.

Publicist Rebecca Salt declined to describe the contents, saying the package is private.

Speaking at a public gathering days after the shootings last month, the 15-year-old girl paraphrased a quote by Albus Dumbledore, headmaster of the Hogwarts school of wizards from the Harry Potter books.

"Happiness can be found even in darkest of times, if one remembers to turn on the light,” she said.

Stay survived a head wound by playing dead.

Her aunt's ex-husband, Ronald Lee Haskell, 33, faces multiple capital murder charges in the shootings.

Authorities say Haskell was searching for his ex-wife when he shot the six family members in their home in the Houston suburb of Spring.

Authorities identified the dead as Stephen Stay, 39, and Katie Stay, 33, and their sons, 4 and 14, and daughters, 7 and 9.

Haskell tied up the victims, placed them face down and then shot each of them in the head execution-style, prosecutors said.

The teenager played dead until Haskell left and then called 911 to report that the gunman was going to her grandparents' home to kill more family members, authorities said.

The girl was able to identify the man and to tell authorities exactly where he was headed.

Police were able to intercept him before he reached his destination.

Haskell was cornered in a cul-de-sac about three miles from the shooting scene after a chase.

He held officers at bay for about three hours before surrendering.


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