2014 Spring, Texas shooting
On July 9, 2014, a mass shooting occurred in a home
located in the town of Spring, Texas, a suburb of Houston, leaving six
family members dead, four of them children, and a lone survivor. The
suspected shooter, later identified as 33-year-old Ronald Lee Haskell,
was apprehended after a standoff that lasted several hours. Haskell
was related to the victims by a former marriage.
Police and court documents state that Haskell
arrived at 711 Leaflet Lane, dressed as a FedEx employee. Haskell was
reportedly searching for his ex-wife, the sister of the mother living
in the home. The door was answered by the mother's 15-year-old
daughter, who initially didn't recognize him; he asked for her parents
and she told him they weren't home. Haskell left, but returned a short
time later and told the girl he was her ex-uncle. When she tried to
close the door on him, Haskell forced his way inside, tied her up, and
made her lie face-down; Haskell did the same to the other four
children and their parents when they returned to the house. Haskell
then reportedly shot all seven people in the back of the head
"execution-style" when they wouldn't tell him where his ex-wife was.
Five of the victims died at the scene, while one
child died shortly after arriving at a hospital. The lone survivor,
the 15-year-old girl who initially answered the door, was able to
identify the suspect, telling responding police that the gunman was
planning on going after other family members. She survived being shot
by raising her hand, deflecting the bullet enough to just graze her
head, suffering only a skull fracture and an amputated finger, then
Using the girl's information, police confronted the
suspect at a second home; a chase ensued for twenty minutes, involving
about two dozen patrol cars and eventually ending at a cul-de-sac
located about three miles from the scene of the shooting, shortly
before 7:00 p.m. The police managed to disable the suspect's car with
a spike strip, corner him at the cul-de-sac, and block his car with
two armored vehicles. The suspect held a pistol to his head and spoke
to police via cellphone. Nearby homes were evacuated during the
standoff. After around three hours passed, the suspect surrendered to
police without incident.
The victims included 39-year-old Stephen Robert
Stay; his wife, 33-year-old Katie Stay; and four of their children:
Bryan, 13; Emily, 9; Rebecca, 7; and Zachary, 4. The sole survivor was
15-year-old Cassidy Stay, who was able to phone police and inform them
that Haskell was planning to attack her grandparents next. She
remained in critical condition at Memorial Hermann Hospital, but was
released from the hospital on July 11 and is expected to survive.
Cassidy Stay's survival of the shooting and her participation in
Haskell's apprehension have earned her praise from the public. An
online fundraiser campaign raised for her received more than 16,000
participants and over $394,000 in donations.
Ronald Lee Haskell, Jr. (born August 26, 1980) was
identified by police as the sole suspect in the shooting. He was
raised in Escondido, California, and also lived in Eagle River, a
community in Anchorage, Alaska, until 2004. In Alaska, he attended
Chugiak High School, graduating in 1999. He had been voted as the
class clown and king for both prom and homecoming. He worked as a
parcel delivery driver for an independent service that had a contract
with FedEx, but he stopped working for the company since January,
according to a spokesperson.
He married Melannie Kaye Lyon on March 15, 2002, in
Orange County, California. He moved to Logan, Utah, where he lived
from July 2006 to November 2013, mostly with his then-wife. Melannie
Lyon later divorced him on February 14, 2014, and moved to Houston
with the help of her sister, Katie Stay, who was one of the victims.
Haskell had previously faced domestic assault
charges and had a protective order put against him by his wife before
they divorced. In June 2008, Haskell was charged with suspicion of
domestic violence, simple assault, and committing an act of violence
in front of children, after reportedly dragging his wife out of bed by
the hair and hitting her on the side of her head. Haskell said he had
only pushed his wife. He later pleaded guilty to the simple assault
charge, and not guilty to the domestic violence charge; the charges
were later dismissed after a plea deal was reached.
On July 8, 2013, a protective order was filed by
Melannie Lyon and served the following day. Melannie Lyon filed for
divorce in August. The protective order was later dismissed in October
2013 when the Haskells agreed to a mutual restraining order in the
divorce and custody arrangements involving their four children, with
Melannie Lyon gaining primary custody. He had been living with his
parents in San Marcos, California, since the divorce; police later
stated that Haskell was found holding a California driver's license.
On July 2, 2014, over a week prior to the shooting,
Haskell's mother, Karla Jeanne Haskell, told San Marcos police that
she wanted a restraining order against her son after having "a
ferocious argument" with him, during which he reportedly forced her
into the garage, tied her wrists with duct tape, taped her to a
computer chair for almost four hours, and threatened to kill her and
his entire family. The incident was allegedly sparked when Karla
Haskell told him that she was in contact with his ex-wife. Deputies
investigating the incident searched for Haskell at known hangouts, but
were unable to find him. They would later learn that Haskell had been
arrested in Texas for the shooting.
On the morning of July 10, 2014, Haskell was
charged with six counts of capital murder, according to the Harris
County Sheriff's Office. He was held without bond, and made his first
court appearance on July 11. In court, as the charges against him were
read, he began shaking and later collapsed for reasons that are still
unclear. When deputies lifted him to his feet, Haskell stood for a
minute, then collapsed again. As a result, he had to be carried out of
the courtroom in a wheelchair.
Normal guy with a monster within
Those who knew Ron Haskell as a teen in Alaska had
no idea he might end up at the center of a family tragedy in Texas
By Mike Tolson and Mark Collette -
July 12, 2014
To those who knew him in a casual way, Ron Haskell
was a normal guy, reasonably amiable and apparently carefree, a father
and husband living an unremarkable life.
The monster inside was known to those who mattered
most, especially his wife Melannie, who endured years of abuse and
hoped against hope that things might change. Ultimately they did,
though only for the worse, culminating last week in the massacre of
her sister's family.
Over the past year Haskell's life had been on a
sinking trajectory. The family's new home that he had literally helped
to build in Smithfield, Utah, just outside of Logan, would not include
him. That became clear when Melannie, fed up, finally filed for
divorce in October. With the facade of a happy Mormon family
shattered, the depression that some say had dogged his life for years
Then Melannie decided to leave Utah altogether,
looking to a new life in Houston, where her sister and parents lived.
Her four children would be surrounded by five happy cousins and people
who did not constantly quarrel and fight. Haskell, too, found little
reason to remain in Utah. Unemployed and facing a $773 monthly payment
for child support, he moved to California, where parents and siblings
But in his case it was no happy reunion. Depression
and anger grew. There were reports from family members that he would
go days without eating or leaving his room in his mother's home. And
the violence he had repeatedly shown toward Melannie flared up in
November when he reportedly assaulted his sister and mother. Chandra
Haskell sought a restraining order to get her brother out of the home.
"I am afraid that if Ronald remains … he will harm
me again," she wrote in her application for the order, which later was
dismissed when she did not follow through.
'Can't plan for crazy'
About 10 days ago, Haskell argued again with his
mother, who had offended him by speaking to his ex-wife. He duct-taped
his mom's wrists and taped her arm to a chair, screaming at her and
choking her until she passed out. He left the house several hours
later, but authorities were not called until her daughter arrived.
Sheriff's deputies in San Diego County looked for
Haskell around the California town of San Marcos, where the family
lives. They were still trying to find him days later when they got
word that he was in custody in Texas, where his anger had reached the
boiling point in a murderous rampage Wednesday afternoon.
The victims were Melannie's sister and
brother-in-law, Katie and Stephen Stay, and four of their five
children. The body count could have been higher had not the Stays'
oldest daughter, 15-year-old Cassidy Stay, survived and called
authorities to report that her ex-uncle was on his way to her
How Haskell's mental state reached the point of
gunplay, which had never been mentioned in previous abuse reports to
police, may be known only to a few who are close to him, if at all.
Melannie's divorce lawyer, A. Daniel Barker, was sickened when he
learned of the family slaughter. He wonders if he should have seen
some indication, even a hint, that Haskell's instability was reaching
a new level, and he combed his memory of their times together in court
and of his conversations with Melannie. He came up with little.
"Ron came across with a good demeanor," Barker
said. "He spoke well and didn't raise his voice. He had that
personality where you wouldn't expect something like this to happen.
But you also had a feeling there might be something behind that
exterior. There was something going on inside him."
Only because his client had given him a full
accounting of her marital strife was Barker aware of Haskell's
potential for violence. When Melannie decided to relocate to Houston
and Ron then headed to Southern California, Barker breathed a little
easier. Surely that was enough distance between them, he thought.
"I was more fearful for her safety than with any
other client I've had," the lawyer said. "Had she still lived in
(Utah) I would have been more concerned. But he was moving to
California, where he would have the support of his family. She was
moving to Texas. The problem was that this was someone who was intent
on something. You can't plan for crazy."
The trip from California to Texas was not nearly as
far as the psychological journey Haskell had taken through his adult
years. To those who knew him as a teenager in Alaska, there was
nothing to suggest what he would become. He was a good kid from a
righteous family, who were respected for their devotion to the gospel
and to the church.
At Chugiak High School, Haskell established himself
as a class clown, a bit of a goofball and a flirt who carried his
stocky build in a comical way, recalled former classmate Carolee
Beckham, whose family lived close to the Haskells in the Mormon
community of Eagle River, just outside of Anchorage.
"He made everyone feel like it was OK to be who you
were," Beckham said.
Another classmate, Drew Nevitt, remembered mostly
Haskell's ever-present humor. In an interview with the Alaska Dispatch
News, Nevitt said Haskell was always cracking jokes, and called him
"the Chris Farley of Eagle River," even if the physical bulk that
might prompt such comparisons was still years off.
The Times Dispatch article refers to a quote from
Haskell in the high school yearbook: "Why did they pick me to be class
clown? I think it's because I'm so darn good looking." In his senior
photograph, he wears a simple white T-shirt and large wire-rimmed
glasses, with his hair cut well above the ears and parted down the
Haskell was liked and thought of as neither a bully
nor a loner. Beckham called him the sort of person who would invite
the girl no one else would invite to the big dance. He was named
homecoming king in the class of about 400 and was a lineman on the
football team. Beckham lost track of him after he graduated in 1999,
three years before he married Melannie, but she remembers only the
good - his service in Boy Scouts and in the Mormon church.
"Knowing his family was a positive thing for
everyone in our community growing up," she said. "His brothers were
nice, funny. His parents were just good people. I can't even imagine
what they're feeling … Knowing him back then, he was the very last
person I think anyone would have expected this of."
It's not clear when Haskell left Alaska. State
records track him applying for a permanent fund dividend given to the
state's full-time residents through 2004. He also maintained hunting
and fishing licenses from the same period. But by that time he had a
wife and growing family in Logan, about 80 miles north of Salt Lake
Anger turns to abuse
Outward appearances suggested nothing was amiss,
even if Melannie knew better. She stayed home with their young
children while he worked at a cheese factory and for a courier
service, among other jobs. He enjoyed the outdoors and camping, was
typically cordial and mostly kept to himself, said Steven Kippen,
bishop of the Yorkshire Ward of the Church of Jesus Christ of
Latter-day Saints in Logan.
"He was apparently a different person at home,"
Kippen said. "But not always. And it's still crazy to see something of
this magnitude come out of it."
The domestic abuse Melannie endured finally became
a matter of public record when she called police in June of 2008. She
told officers that Ron had repeatedly struck her and had grabbed her
by the hair while throwing her from their bedroom. The case was
resolved with a plea deal that required him to avoid any additional
criminal charges for a period of time.
But the abuse eventually resumed. Kippen counseled
Melannie about the domestic turmoil, but declined to give details out
of concern for the family's privacy. Kippen said he had a clear
impression that Ron struggled with deep depression and anger.
Even as the abuse escalated, the couple set about
building a home in Smithfield. It was during construction that
Melannie began to confide to a future neighbor, Jolyn Young, who was
building her own home nearby. Young told the Logan Herald Journal that
Melannie believed the abuse would subside in time. The revelation
shocked Young, who would not have imagined the man she met could be so
different in the privacy of his home.
Young said she thought of Ron as a "dorky,
humorous, carefree man" - descriptions that echo his old high school
friends - and that she never saw anything that made her suspect there
were problems between him and his wife.
"I didn't realize how unstable he was," Young said.
"He really had us fooled."
Melannie reached her breaking point last year after
seeing one of their children exhibiting behavior similar to her
husband's, Young said. Melannie told her that she had left her husband
and filed for divorce. She even joked that she was eager to buy new
pots and pans for her home because the old set reminded her of the
times her husband had struck her with them.
The marriage disintegrated just as the couple were
finishing construction on their home. The Haskells surprised their
friends by announcing a split just before Thanksgiving 2013.
Melannie got a restraining order against Ron and
similar language was placed in the divorce decree, which also required
that he undergo a psychological evaluation and demonstrate that he was
emotionally and mentally stable enough for unsupervised visits with
As for the new home, it would go to a different
family. Melannie would be moving permanently to Texas, staying first
with the Stays, who came from Houston to fetch her. Ron would head
home to his family in Southern California to rebuild his life and pull
"We thought he was making pretty good progress,"
Kippen said. "He was meeting with professionals. I was under the
impression that he was on medication."
Sliver of good news
The Haskells' divorce became final on Valentine's
Day. If there was any progress over the next few months, it was small
and temporary. By July, Ron was as angry as ever. If he was making
plans for the future, they were short-term and ultimately horrifying.
By week's end, his life had intersected his former
wife's one final time, a final blow and the most brutal yet. While she
prepared to bury her sister, brother-in-law and the four children, he
was standing dazed and seemingly faint in a downtown courtroom for
She faces a new and unanticipated challenge in
rebuilding her life, with the only sliver of good news being the
survival of one of her nieces.
Haskell's future, by contrast, may at last have
something close to certainty in it: He is charged with capital murder
and will certainly face the possibility of a death sentence in a Texas
county that has sent more people to death row than anywhere else in
America. His attorney already indicated that he will focus on
Haskell's mental state, the hope being that the intensity of his rage
might make him somehow less legally culpable.
The jury will be left to survey the carnage that
took place on Leaflet Lane, where seven people were shot one by one,
methodically and with their hands bound.
Was Texas Shooting Suspect Ronald Haskell Seeking Vengeance?
By Erik Ortiz - NBCnews.com
July 12, 2014
Rage and despair defined Ronald Lee Haskell’s life
in recent years, boiling over during fights with his wife and even
after their messy breakup. But did his inner demons — and a possible
taste for vengeance — drive him to murder six members of his ex-wife’s
Investigators in Harris County, Texas, haven’t said
what triggered the shocking slayings Wednesday of parents Stephen and
Katie Stay and four of their young children, although they believe
they were caught in a domestic dispute between Haskell and his
ex-wife. One of the Stay children, 15-year-old Cassidy, survived the
attack and called 911.
Haskell now faces capital murder charges, and
appeared for the first time in court Friday shaking and then
collapsing before bailiffs had to usher him out in a wheelchair.
“Obviously the evidence is very compelling that he
was responsible for the deaths of these children and his ex-wife's
sister and her husband,” Haskell’s court-appointed attorney, Doug
Durham, later said. “It’s a terrible tragedy. The question is: Is he
legally responsible from a criminal standpoint?”
Defense lawyers are trying to determine the state
of Haskell’s mental health as police continue to sift through the
evidence and pinpoint what led to the twisted turn of events.
What happened in the home?
Haskell, 33, was disguised as a FedEx delivery
worker when he went to the suburban Houston home of his ex-wife’s
sister, Katie Stay, on Wednesday afternoon, police said. Oldest child
Cassidy was home alone and answered the door. She told Haskell her
parents weren’t home. He later returned, forcing his way in and tying
Cassidy up, police said.
Minutes later, her parents and her four siblings,
ages 4 to 13, returned. Haskell allegedly tied them up as well, and
demanded to know the whereabouts of his ex-wife, Melannie Lyon. They
said they didn’t know, and they were each shot in the back of the
head. The bullet for Cassidy only grazed her, and she played dead
until the gunman fled, she told police.
The critically wounded teenager was able to
identify him to police as her ex-uncle, and said he was planning to
drive to her grandparents’ home and kill them. Police, however,
tracked him down and he was arrested after a 20-minute police chase
and a three-hour standoff. Around 10 p.m., Haskell got out of his car,
fell to his knees and surrendered.
Where is Haskell’s ex-wife and did her family
know Haskell was pursuing them?
Melannie Lyon’s sister, Katie Stay, was the one who
convinced her to leave Cache County, Utah, where she was living with
Haskell and their four children, and move to Spring, Texas, relatives
told NBC News. Around that time, Lyon had filed a protective order
against Haskell and was planning to file for divorce after more than a
decade of marriage.
Lyon ended up living with her parents in Spring.
It’s unclear, however, where she and her children were at the time of
the shootings. She has not appeared publicly or commented since the
It doesn't appear that her family knew Haskell was
headed for Texas. When he arrived at the Stay home, Cassidy didn't
even recognize her ex-uncle right away, police said.
Did Haskell have run-ins with law enforcement
Several times in different capacities. One of his
earliest arrests was in 2008 on suspicion of domestic violence, simple
assault and committing an act of violence in front of children.
Melannie Lyon told police her husband dragged her out of their bedroom
by her hair and hit her in the side of the head.
Haskell said he had only pushed his wife, and that
he was stressed from his job. Two of the couple’s children were ages 3
and 5 at the time. Haskell pleaded guilty to an assault charge in the
In 2009, Haskell flagged down a police officer
saying that his wife had left the family and he believed she was going
to harm herself. He called back and said he found his wife and was
taking her to the hospital, records show.
Last October, a protective order filed by Lyon was
dismissed when the couple agreed to a mutual restraining order and
custody arrangements for their children. The judge said Ron Lee
Haskell’s visits would have to be supervised by a psychologist.
Haskell had been living with his parents in San
Marcos, California, before he traveled to Texas this week. He and his
parents have a history of domestic disturbances, police records show.
As recently as July 2, Haskell allegedly choked his
mother and threatened to kill her. Court documents say Haskell was
upset that she was talking to his ex-wife. Karla Haskell reported to
police her son “told me he was going to kill me, my family and any
officer who stops him.” She filed a domestic violence protective
order, and San Diego County Sheriff's Department detectives looked for
Haskell for several days but never found him, the department said this
Did Haskell have a history with guns?
Karla Haskell told police that her son stole her
husband’s guns during a previous domestic violence incident. The San
Diego County Sheriff’s Department confiscated those firearms.
Did he show signs of instability?
Despite all of the run-ins with police, he never
received proper mental health treatment, his lawyer said. There was a
time last year when Haskell was going through his divorce and his
brother became worried. He asked authorities to perform a welfare
check. But the brother spoke with Haskell and called back police
asking them not to investigate, according to court documents.
Earlier in his life, Haskell appeared to have an
ordinary upbringing. He went to high school in Alaska, played on the
football team and was even voted prom king and class clown his senior
year, according to The Alaska Dispatch.
He was quoted in his yearbook: “Why did they pick
me to be class clown? I think it’s because I'm so darn good looking.”
Will prosecutors seek the death penalty?
It hasn’t been ruled out. Harris County District
Attorney Devon Anderson will decide soon what punishment he will
pursue, prosecutors said Friday. Meanwhile, Haskell’s defense attorney
said they would review whether he would plead not guilty by reason of
insanity. He continues to be held without bond.
“The focus of my defense with Mr. Haskell is his
mental condition. Our laws say a person suffering from mental illness
is not criminally responsible,” said Durham, his attorney.
NBC News’ Andrew Blankstein contributed to this
EXCLUSIVE: Grieving ex-wife of Houston 'shooter' blames her divorce
for his slaughter, claims lawyer who helped her split from violent
husband turned 'killer'
Police in Houston, Texas, arrested 33-year-old
Haskell Wednesday night after a tense stand-off at a suburban
He is charged with shooting dead six members of the
Haskell and his wife Melanie Kaye Haskell were
married in 2002 in California
Melanie feels she's 'paid the ultimate price for
freedom', her divorce lawyer Al Barker told MailOnline, adding: 'But I
felt terrible because it is not her fault'
Lone survior, Cassidy Stay, 15, was released from
A bullet grazed her head and she played dead until
ByRyan Parry In Houston, Texas
July 11, 2014
The ex-wife of suspected killer Ron Lee Haskell –
who fled her abusive and violent husband after 11 years of marriage -
believes she has paid the ‘ultimate price for freedom’, her former
divorce lawyer told MailOnline.
Al Barker, the lawyer who represented Melanie Lyon
in her divorce from Haskell, revealed she made the heart-breaking
statement to family members after discovering her ex had slaughtered
six of her relatives in cold blood.
Melanie's sister Katie Stay, brother-in-law Stephen
and four of their young children were gunned down at their Texas home
Mr Barker, who works for Utah Legal Services,
revealed that Melanie is still in ‘shock’ over the massacre as she
tried to come to terms with the reasons behind it.
Mr Barker tried to reach out to Melanie on Thursday
but instead spoke to her mother Kelly Lyon.
‘It was a really brief conversation, I was trying
to call Melanie to express my condolences, but her mom answered,’ said
‘I asked her how Melanie was doing and she told me
that Melanie was in shock over what happened.’
But for Mr Barker – who grew to know Melanie well
during the seven month divorce – what she said next was hard to take.
He said: ‘Melanie’s mother told me something that
her daughter had said after the incident.
‘She said that she had to pay the ultimate price
‘That sounds like something Melanie would have
said, knowing her, it’s something that would have come out of her
‘But I felt terrible because it is not her fault'.
oday new details of the bitter split between
Melanie and husband Haskell have emerged.
Neighbors at their old family home in Logan, Utah
say the couple had been building a house in nearby Smithfield, but
Melanie tried to escape her abusive marriage before it was completed.
Haskell pleaded guilty to simple assault in a
domestic violence-related incident in 2008, according to Utah state
‘Melanie Haskell stated her husband Ronald had
(dragged) her by her hair and struck her in the head, and then did it
again in front of the children," according to Logan police.
The abuse allegedly continued after that court case
'She was tired of him beating her up and her
children witnessing it. And when she saw her oldest child start to
become violent, she chose to move into a (Community Abuse Prevention
Service Agency) home for their safety,' neighbor Jolyn Young told
local Utah paper the Deseret News.
'I was heartbroken, just sick and devastated,' she
While in the process of building their homes, Young
said Melanie confided in her that she had left her husband.
According to Deseret News she and her children had
reportedly gone to live in a secure location for their safety,
following years of abuse.
Like many victims of abuse, Melanie told Young that
she always thought things would improve, but when she saw one of her
children exhibit violent behavior similar to her husband, that was her
Shockingly, Young said Melanie wanted to buy new
pots and pans for her home — because the set she had reminded her of
the times Haskell allegedly struck her with them.
Mr Barker says he’s now anxious to reach out to
Melanie to offer her words of support.
‘She needs space right now but I don’t want her to
feel like this is her own fault, she did everything right. She was
going through a difficult relationship, she knew it was harmful for
her and her family.
‘She did all the right things to get out. I just
hope that other victims don’t look at her case and think, “this could
happen to me”.
‘Most of the time in a domestic violence situation
the victim ends up dying a slow emotional death, being fearful, being
manipulated and being controlled and doing everything you can do get
out of that relationship is best for the individual so they can make a
better life for themselves and their children.
‘Melanie did all the right things, this is just a
Mr Barker said he only saw Haskell on a few
occasions during the divorce, but each time he was ‘silent, and he was
calm and he was collected’.
But the attorney doesn't believe that was the case
behind closed doors.
‘We had some serious concerns about his stability,’
Mr Barker said. ‘I think Melanie knew she needed to get out of this
Mr Barker said he spoke to Melanie not long after
she left Utah to be close to family in Texas earlier this year and
said she appeared to have moved on with her life.
‘We never expected something like this to happen,’
According to the Associated Press, murder victim
Katie Stay traveled to Utah last fall to help her sister Melanie get
away from the abusive marriage.
Melanie never moved into her new home.
The couple’s divorce was finalized on February 14
and part of their divorce decree required Haskell to obtain a
psychological evaluation and provide documentation that he is
emotionally and mentally stable enough to care for his children
A judge granted joint custody of the couple’s four
kids, with Haskell’s wife getting primary custody.
The Haskells were married in California in 2002.
They separated in June of 2013.
In August of 2013, Melanie reported a protective
order violation to police.
In October of 2013, Melanie reported another
possible protective order violation because Haskell had shown up at
one of the children’s elementary schools.
This protective order was actually served on him
the day of the complaint. 'Neither protective order violations were
prosecuted,' police said in a statement.
Today support for the devastated Stay family is
still growing and a fund set up to raise money for them has reached
almost $150,000 with a new goal of $200,000.
Former Navy officer Jody Dellinger, a District
Manager at Harris County Parks and Recreation, set up the fund with
first responder Sergeant George Beck, the officer who found the
massacre scene in Spring, Texas.
Jody wrote on the site this morning: ‘We just broke
$106,000 this morning at 0840, only about 20 hours after the site was
This incredible outpouring has already brought this
ole, rough, retired Navy Chief to tears! I cannot express how proud
and excited I am to be a part of such an awesome show of love that
this site has become!’
Meanwhile, the lone teenage survivor of the
cold-blooded attack was released from hospital today, according to
Children's Memorial Hermann Hospital.
In to a statement the hospital said the 15-year-old
was discharged earlier this afternoon in good condition and is
expected to make a full recovery.
'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,' the
'We extend our deepest sympathies and condolences
to her, and her extended family, as they begin the difficult healing
Cassidy had been hailed a hero after playing dead
when Ron Haskell allegedly shot her in the head before executing we
She escaped with her life and called the police
shortly after Haskell left the home in Spring, Texas.
Her mother, father and four siblings all lay dead
next to her.
Cassidy was able to warn police that the shooter
had left to find her grandparents and shoot them too.
Her grandparents have said they are in 'awe' of her
Cassidy was always expected to make a full physical
recovery after it emerged that amazingly the bullet only grazed her
But she reportedly also lost a finger in the