Houston shooting victim released from hospital

Saturday , July 12, 2014 - 12:49 PM

Cassidy Stay

Cassidy Stay, 15, sits on her mother's lap. Cassidy's mother, Katie Stay, was killed with her...

By SONJA CARLSON Standard-Examiner staff

Cassidy Stay – lone survivor of the brutal attack on her family in their Houston home by uncle and former Smithfield, Utah resident Ronald Lee Haskell – was released from the hospital Saturday, according to Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital.

“As a hospital team, we were honored to be able to help care for this brave young woman at her critical time of need. The entire staff at Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital has been profoundly touched by Cassidy’s resilient spirit, inner strength, and hopeful heart during this time of indescribable shock and grief. We extend our deepest sympathies and condolences to her, and her extended family, as they begin the difficult healing process.”

The 15-year-old is expected to make a full recovery and was discharged in good condition after suffering a fractured skull when a bullet grazed her head. Cassidy was able to play dead during the attack, and called 911 after Haskell left and was on his way to find and most likely kill her maternal grandparents, resulting in his arrest.

Cassidy’s grandparents have now dubbed her their “hero.” According to a statement made by her grandfather, Roger Lyon, they are grateful for the miracle of her recovery and survival.

“We are in awe of her bravery and courage in calling 911, an act that is likely to have saved all of our lives,” Lyon said in the statement. “She is our hero.”

Haskell was searching for his ex-wife – Melanie Haskell – and forced his way into her sister’s home on Wednesday, demanding the family tell him where she was. He then tied them up and shot them in the back of the head, killing parents Katie and Stephen Stay, and their four other children, according to the Associated Press.

Donations for the family can be accepted through the Cassidy Stay Fund

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