The 16-year-old victim of Tuesday’s shooting at Great Mills High School — identified by family as Jaelynn Willey — remained in critical condition two days later, according to a hospital spokesman.
“I wish that I had some other update to give you all, other than that she is still in critical condition,” an update on her YouCaring page reads. “Your outpouring of donations and love and prayers and support is being felt so deeply by her family and they cannot thank you enough.”
The fundraiser had collected nearly $60,000 by 10:30 a.m. Thursday, with the money going to help the Willey family with medical expenses.
The girl’s family wrote in a statement, distributed by family friend Lucinda Avis on Facebook, that they were “devastated to learn that our beautiful Jaelynn was one of the victims in a school shooting.”
St. Mary’s County officials said Tuesday morning that two students were injured after a third student, identified as 17-year-old Austin Wyatt Rollins, opened fire in a hallway right before school started.
Rollins died after a confrontation with a school resource officer. The St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office would not confirm the identities of either of the injured students, but said that a 16-year-old girl and 14-year-old boy were injured. The 14-year-old boy, who was later identified as Desmond Barnes, was discharged Wednesday after being treated for a gunshot wound to the leg, according to hospital officials.
The sheriff’s office said Wednesday that the shooting was not a random act. There’s evidence that Rollins and Willey had “a prior relationship which recently ended,” according to the sheriff’s office.
Willey’s family asked for prayers as the 16-year-old battles life-threatening injuries.
“It is hard for us not to see her shining, smiling face right now, and to see her light up the room with her presence,” the family said.
Willey is the second-oldest of nine children, and serves as a role model to her siblings.
She “selflessly helps take care of her brothers and sisters each and every day, whether at home, or at the beach, one of her favorite places to be,” the family wrote.
The 16-year-old is also a “dedicated student” and a member of the school’s swim team.
“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 family said.
Baltimore Sun reporter Kevin Rector contributed to this article.