16-year old Jaelynn Willey, who was shot on Tuesday at Great Mills High School in southern Maryland, was taken off life support on Thursday evening, her family announced in a press conference earlier in the day. Willey was a member of the school’s swim team.
“My daughter was hurt by a boy who shot her in the head and took everything from us,” said her mother, Melissa Willey, of the decision to end life-support for her daughter. “She is brain dead. She has no life left in her.”
The St. Mary’s County Sheriffce’s Office says that Austin Wyatt Rollins, 17, opened fire at the school targeting Willey after she ended their relationship. One other student in the hallway was also shot but was released from the hospital on Wednesday after having surgery on his thigh. Rollins was eventually confronted by the school resource officer Blaine Gaskill. According to the sheriff’s office, Gaskill and Rollins each fired one shot at each other, with Gaskill’s hitting Wyatt and causing “life-threatening injury.”
Jaelynn is one of 9 children in her family.