The parents of a 16-year-old girl shot in the head at a Maryland High School this week announced they will be taking her off life support.
NBC Washington D.C. reports that Jaelynn Willey’s parents announced in a press conference Thursday night that the teen girl is brain dead and will be removed from life support Thursday night.
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
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Willey was reportedly shot in the head on Tuesday at Great Mills High School in Maryland. The shooter, Austin Rollins, is believed to have targeted her specifically as they were previously in a relationship. Rollins was shot after he was engaged by a School Resource Officer, and later died.
Another boy was injured but has since been released from the hospital.
Jaelynn’s mother held her youngest child in her arms as she announced the family’s heartbreaking decision Thursday night. She told reporters that Jaelynn was the oldest of nine children. The teen girl’s siblings stood behind their mother as she spoke.
On Wednesday, Jaelynn’s family released a statement about their daughter’s injuries.
Jaelynn is an amazing young lady, whose peaceful presence and love of her fellow students and family is known throughout her Maryland-based school,” the statement read in part.
A family friend has launched a YouCaring crowdfunding campaign to help support the family.