Though she has been putting on a brave face, Cassidy Stay finally broke down into tears at her family’s funeral at the sight of her four siblings tiny white caskets. Heartbreaking.
Cassidy Stay, 15, laid her family to rest on Wednesday, July 16, in Houston, Texas. The heroic teenager has shown incredible strength since her entire family — both parents and four young siblings — were allegedly shot and killed execution style by her estranged uncle, Ron Haskell. However, at her family’s funeral, Cassidy openly wept surrounded by her friends and remaining family members.
Cassidy Stay Breaks Down At Family Funeral As White Caskets Are Displayed
This is so sad.
Cassidy Stay, the 15-year-old Texas shooting survivor, clutched tissues and sobbed as the caskets of her family members were removed from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, reports the Daily Mail.
The Stay family — parents Katie and Stephen, as well as Cassidy’s siblings Zach, 4, Rebecca, 7, Emily, 9, and Bryan, 14 — were laid to rest six days after their horrifying murder in matching white coffins.
Upon her arrival, Cassidy smiled and waved at the news cameras and supporters who showed up to attend the memorial service for her family. However, once the service was over and the reality of her family being gone set in, Cassidy broke down and leaned on loved ones for support as she said her final goodbyes.
Blue memorial ribbons were worn by family and friends, and baskets of extra ribbons with small silver angels attached to them were left out for attendees to wear during the service.
Cassidy Has Shown Enormous Strength Since Her Family Was Murdered
The fact that Cassidy managed to survive her uncle’s alleged murderous rampage is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to her true inner strength. The teen played dead until her uncle left her family home, and then called 911 to alert authorities of the unspeakable tragedy — as well as report that she believed he was headed to her grandparent’s home next.
Just days after the shooting, Cassidy made an appearance at a memorial for her family just hours after being released from the hospital on July 11. The memorial took place at Lemm Elementary School, and Cassidy somehow mustered the strength to address the hundreds of mourners who had gathered in her family’s honor.
“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,” she told the crowd.
Our thoughts remain with Cassidy and her remaining family members at this devastating time.
— Lauren Cox