Jaelynn Willey, a 16-year-old girl died after sustaining injuries from a fatal gunshot by her fellow student on Thursday.
Austin Wyatt Rollins, 17, shot Jaelynn Willey on Tuesday at the Great Mills High School in Lexington Park, Maryland, USA.
Reportedly, Willey was shot after she ended her relationship with boyfriend, Rollins. He shot the 16-year-old in the head using his father’s Glock semi-automatic handgun, in the school hallway before the school began.
According to the gun laws of Maryland, the semi-automatic handgun is a tough gun to purchase.
Willey was taken to University of Maryland Prince George’s Hospital Center, where she was taken in a critical condition and was put on life support.
Although, reports have stated that Rollins committed suicide after the shooting, but allegedly he died after an incident with an armed school resource officer, Blaine Gaskill.
In order to raise money for the hospital costs, a fundraiser page was created on YouCaring, which helped Willey’s family to gather over $87,000.
According to the mother, Melissa Willey, her daughter was taken off life support on Thursday. She stated, “On Tuesday of this past week, our lives changed completely and totally forever. My daughter was hurt by a boy who shot her in the head and took everything from our lives, She’s brain dead. There’s nothing left in her. I felt like, as her mom, I needed to make that statement to everybody.”
Melissa further stated, “Jaelynn is the second-oldest of nine children in my family and was on the school swim team.”
The 16-year-old was around her family when she died on Thursday night. Her demise was reported by the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office in a statement. “It is with heavy hearts and great sadness we provide this update.”
On Facebook, Larry Hogan, the mayor of Maryland, said, “It is with terribly broken hearts that we learn of the tragic news regarding Jaelynn Willey. No parent should ever be faced with a decision like this.
There are no words adequate to express our compassion for her loving family and the entire Great Mills community. All of Maryland grieves with them, and they will remain in our thoughts and prayers.”
“Once all facts are collected and verified, information will be disseminated to the public. The investigation has determined the handgun utilized by Rollins in the shooting was legally owned by Rollins’ father.”
During the shooting, Desmond Barnes, a 14-year-old student was also injured as he was shot in his thigh. Officials have confirmed that he was discharged from the hospital on Wednesday.
Talking to Washington Post, his mother, Kimberly Dennis, said, “Our entire family is eternally grateful that Desmond is alive, doing well and in good spirits. He is an amazing testimony.We remain deeply saddened and shocked by this shooting incident and continue to pray for the other victim and her family during this difficult time.”
Dennis further said, “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.”