School Shooting Victim Has 'Nothing, No Life, Left in Her'

Jaelynn Willey's parents announced she would be taken off life support
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 23, 2018 1:24 AM CDT
Updated Mar 23, 2018 5:00 AM CDT
Melissa Willey,and Daniel Willey hold one of their nine children during Thursday's press conference.   (Marissa Lang//The Washington Post via AP)
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(Newser) – The parents of Jaelynn Willey, the 16-year-old girl injured in Tuesday's school shooting in Maryland, have made the heartbreaking decision to take her off life support. "As of now Jaelynn is still on life support but she will not make it," mother Melissa Willey told reporters at a Thursday press conference at the University of Maryland Prince George's Hospital Center, per the Baltimore Sun. "She is brain dead and has nothing, no life, left in her." "My daughter was hurt by a boy who shot her in the head and took everything from our lives," said the mother, her husband by her side and Jaelynn's infant sibling in her arms. She said Jaelynn was a member of the swim team and the second oldest of nine children.

Jaelynn was shot in the hallway of Great Mills High School in St. Mary's County by 17-year-old Austin Rollins. Rollins was fatally shot soon afterward, though investigators are still trying to determine whether he killed himself or was shot by school resource office Blaine Gaskill, who arrived on the scene in less than a minute. Jaelynn and Rollins had apparently been in a relationship that recently ended, and "all indications suggest the shooting was not a random act of violence," police say. A 14-year-old boy shot in the thigh during the incident was released from the hospital Thursday. His mother released a statement expressing sympathy for the Willey family. "As a community and nation, we must continue to work and fight for a world that is safe for our children," she said.

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