A community gathered Saturday morning to honor and remember the six members of the Stay family allegedly slain by a former family member.
Friends, classmates, neighbors and loved ones attended the event at Lemm Elementary School organized by Klein ISD. Lone shooting survivor Cassidy Stay, 15, and her grandfather Roger Lyon were in attendance. Both expressed thanks to the public for the outpouring of support, as well as the first responders and medical staff that treated Cassidy over the last few days.
Cassidy spoke, quoting a line from Harry Potter, "'Happiness can be found even in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light.' I know that my mom, dad, Bryan, Emily, Becca and Zach are in a much better place and that I'll be able to see them again one day."
"Without her courage and quick thinking, we might be mourning the deaths of 20 people today, including us, and nearly all of our children and grandchildren," Lyon said.
He added that Cassidy told him after she was shot she felt "as though angels were there with her, putting her hands over her mouth and whispering her to be quiet."
Cassidy played dead after accused gunman Ronald Lee Haskell, 33, shot her, her parents and four siblings while they were face down on the floor in what investigators say was an execution-style killing. When he left their house she called 911, and when emergency crews responded she was able to give them valuable information about Haskell's identity, what car he was driving and where he was headed next.
Deputies intercepted Haskell on the Lyon's street and he led them on a chase, eventually surrendering after an hours-long standoff. Haskell is facing a capital murder charge.
Cassidy suffered a skull fracture and lost part of a finger in the shooting. Investigators say she put her hand up when she was shot, which saved her life. She was discharged from the hospital Friday.