Update On Maryland High School Shooting Victim Jaelynn Willey
Absolutely heartbreaking! “She will not make it,” Melissa Willey said. “She’s brain-dead and has nothing, no life left in her.”
“On Tuesday … our lives changed completely and totally forever,” Melissa Willey said. “My daughter was hurt by a boy who shot her in the head and took everything from our lives.”
Parents of Jaelynn Willey say they are taking her off life support this evening. She was shot in the head at Great Mills High school on Tuesday, they said. pic.twitter.com/rP0OiuZ7mX
— Ian Duncan (@iduncan) March 23, 2018
Jaelynn Willey was shot by 17-year-old Austin Rollins at Great Mills High School. Investigators said that Willey and Rollins had recently ended a relationship and the shooting was not random.
Willey had been in critical condition at the University of Maryland Prince George’s Hospital Center. A fundraising page to help her family has raised more than $59,000.
Jaelynn was one of nine siblings, her mother said, and a member of the swim team.
The other shooting victim– the 14-year-old boy who was shot in the leg– has been released from the hospital.
In an email Thursday to The Associated Press, his mother, Kimberly Dennis, said her family is “eternally grateful” that her son, Desmond Barnes, is “alive, doing well and in good spirits.”
She expressed sympathy for Willey and her family and added, “We are also praying for the entire Great Mills High School family and young people around this country. As a community and nation, we must continue to work and fight for a world that is safe for our children.”