Supporters flood social media with love for Stay family

Saturday , July 12, 2014 - 12:45 PM

By SONJA CARLSON Standard-Examiner staff

Cassidy Stay’s grandparents aren’t the only ones who think she’s a hero — thousands of supporters have sent their love to her and her family through social media and memorial events.

After surviving a fractured skull when a bullet grazed her head during a brutal attack by her aunt’s ex-husband Ronald Lee Haskell on Wednesday, July 9, Cassidy attended a community gathering honoring her family Saturday morning.

According to KPRC Local 2 Houston, the event was called “Stay Strong,” and 600 balloons were released into the air, 100 for each member of the Stay family killed.

"'Happiness can be found even in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light,'” Cassidy said, quoting “Harry Potter.” “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."

A private Facebook group, the Stephen and Katie Stay Family Memorial, has over 6,400 members and is growing at a rapid rate. The group is brimming with heartfelt posts from family members, friends and strangers — many notifying of the many fundraising efforts set up in behalf of the Stay family.

Another Facebook memoriam, the Prayers for Katie Stay and Family page, is also growing and has over 900 likes. Group and page admins of both are cautioning users against the many Facebook scam groups and pages floating around. The official fundraiser is the GoFundMe Stay Family Tragedy - Cassidy Stay Fund. Over $216,000 has been raised since the fund was created on July 10.

Love for Cassidy has even been all over Twitter, with tweets full of sweet and emotional support.

Supporters also shared posts on Instagram of the memorial event held at Lemm Elementary Saturday morning.


Haskell, a former Smithfield, Utah resident, was facing charges in California before the killings (a restraining order obtained by his mother) and has had ”multiple involvements“ with the Logan City Police Department.  

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