Texas Rampage Survivor’s Relatives Want Fundraising Halted

The extended families of a teenage Texas girl who was the lone survivor of a shooting rampage that left her parents, brothers and sisters dead say the $400,000 raised for the girl is enough and want donations directed elsewhere.

Cassidy Stay (File)

HOUSTON (August 11, 2014) The extended families of a Texas teenager Cassidy Stay, who was the lone survivor of a shooting rampage that left her parents, brothers and sisters dead, say the $400,000 raised for the girl is enough and want donations directed elsewhere.

More than $400,000 was donated in a month to an online site for the 15-year-old girl.

The families of her father and mother said in a statement Monday that it's "an amazing milestone" and they're grateful.

They asked that donations intended for Cassidy be directed elsewhere and hope people will reach out to others with the same love that's been shown to them.

Stay survived a head wound by playing dead by playing dead during the rampage at her family’s home on July 9 in the Houston suburb of Spring.

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.

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

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

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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