"I would like to thank all the first responders, nurses and doctors that have taken care of me. I am feeling a lot better and I am on a very straight forward path to a full recovery."
A full recovery! Some at this memorial service might call that a miracle.. considering what happened to 15-year-old Cassidy Stay and her family just last week.
Wednesday afternoon - police say Ronald Haskell, posing as a FedEx delivery man, forced his way into the stay's Texas home.
Haskell reportedly tied up Cassidy and her family. police say he demanded to know the whereabouts of his ex-wife, Cassidy's aunt.
Then he shot each family member twice. Execution style.
"I've not personally in 40 years seen a tragedy in one family this horrific"
By the time the bullets stopped, Cassidy's parents were dead.. so were all four of her siblings.. ages 4 to 13.
Cassidy had been shot too-- in critical condition with a skull fracture, she played dead.
After the killer left, Cassidy somehow found the courage-- having just seen her family murdered-- to call 911.
Cassidy told police Haskell was heading to her grandparents home, giving them a description of his car.
The chase ended with Haskell in custody and Cassidy's grandparents safe!
"Without her courage and quick thinking, we might be mourning the deaths of 20, yes I said 20 people today including myself and nearly all of our children and grandchildren."
Haskell and his ex-wife had lived in Utah.
When the marriage fell apart, Cassidy's mother reportedly brought Cassidy's aunt- her sister- to Texas to start a new life.
Haskell's ex-wife filed this protective order against him.
In court Friday, Haskell collapsed, as details of the shooting were read. He has not yet entered a plea.
We called Haskell's defense attorney who told us Haskell appears to be suffering from mental illness. He also said Haskell has a history of it and had been in and out of the hospital. And this important detail: the attorney said Haskell was not taking his prescribed medication at the time of the killings.
Cassidy Stay - meanwhile- seems determined to remain positive; standing strong after such unimaginable loss.
"I know that my mom, dad, Brian, Emily, Becka and Zach are in a much better place and that I'll be able to see them again one day."
In the wake of the shootings... an online fundraising page went live.
So far more than 270,000 has been donated to Cassidy Stay.
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