Melissa and Daniel Willey said that they plan to take their daughter Jaelynn off life support after she was wounded in a shooting at Great Mills High School in St Mary's County. (Ian Duncan, Baltimore Sun video)
The family of Jaelynn Willey, the teenager injured after the school shooting at Great Mills High School in Southern Maryland this week, announced they would take her off life support Thursday evening.
On Twitter, the news became a call to action, with students and others expressing their sympathy while calling for stricter gun control laws and increased awareness of violence against women.
Jaelyn Willey. Don’t stop saying her name. She was a teenager gunned down at school in a senseless act of gun violence because our cowardly representatives won’t stand up to the NRA and pass sensible gun laws. Another baby gone. #MarchForOurLiveshttps://t.co/K6ge8DL5fx
— Daisy*STOP FORCED BIRTH*Blackstone (@LadyLibertyJane) March 23, 2018
Some vowed to march in her honor this coming Saturday at the March For Our Lives.
We will march for you, Jaelynn Willey. We will march for all the students of Great Mills who will forever be traumatized because of what happened on Tuesday. https://t.co/4xLCe4wpOT
Gov. Larry Hogan extended condolences to the family and Great Mills community via social media.
It is with terribly broken hearts that we learn of the tragic news regarding Jaelynn Willey. There are no words adequate to express our compassion for her loving family and the entire Great Mills community. https://t.co/NwyEEc7lC5
Law enforcement officers said Jaelynn, 16, was shot by Austin Wyatt Rollins, 17, who died after a confrontation with a school resource officer. There’s evidence that Rollins and Jaelynn had “a prior relationship which recently ended,” according to the sheriff’s office. Both were students at Great Mills High School, where the shooting took place. A 14-year-old boy, Desmond Barnes, also was shot in the leg.
A California organization called Women Against Gun Violence tweeted Jaelynn’s photo with a message protesting violence against women.
People also expressed condolences on a crowdfunding page that had been set up to help Jaelynn’s family cover medical expenses. “May God wrap you with his love as you go home..” wrote an anonymous donor. By Thursday night, the page had raised more than $73,000.