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Funeral planned for 16-year-old Jaelynn Willey, victim of Maryland high school shooting

Jaelynn Willey died late Thursday, hours after her parents announced they would take her off life support. She was left brain-dead after a 17-year-old classmate shot her in the head minutes before class started at Great Mills on Tuesday morning.
Jaelynn Willey died late Thursday, hours after her parents announced they would take her off life support. She was left brain-dead after a 17-year-old classmate shot her in the head minutes before class started at Great Mills on Tuesday morning. (Handout)

A funeral for the 16-year-old victim of last week’s Great Mills High School shooting in Southern Maryland will be held Friday.

The public service honoring Jaelynn Willey is scheduled for 10 a.m. at the Hollywood Volunteer Fire Department in Hollywood, Maryland. There will also be a visitation and a prayer service there Thursday afternoon, according to a funeral announcement from Brinsfield Funeral Homes and Crematory.

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Willey died late Thursday, hours after her parents announced they would take her off life support. Willey was left brain-dead after a 17-year-old classmate shot her in the head minutes before class started at Great Mills on Tuesday morning.

Authorities have said that Austin Wyatt Rollins used his father’s handgun to shoot Willey. There’s evidence that Rollins and Willey had “a prior relationship which recently ended,” according to the sheriff’s office.

Jaelynn Willey, the 16-year-old girl wounded in the school shooting at Great Mills High School in Southern Maryland, died Thursday night, hours after her parents said they would take her off life support.

Rollins also shot 14-year-old Desmond Barnes in the leg during the incident, but the boy has been discharged from the hospital. Rollins died after a confrontation with a school resource officer, who fired at him as Rollins also fired. It is unclear who discharged the bullet that ultimately killed Rollins.

Melissa Willey, the 16-year-old girl’s mother, said the family's lives had been altered forever.

"My daughter was hurt by a boy who shot her in the head and took everything from our lives," she said at a news conference last week.

Jaelynn Willey was the second oldest of nine children, an active swimmer and a dedicated student who loved the beach and always helped to take care of her siblings.

A YouCaring page to help her family has raised more than $90,000.

At the anti-gun violence demonstration in Washington on Saturday — dubbed the March for Our Lives — many Great Mills students rallied in Jaelynn Willey’s honor.

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