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People express condolences, support for Maryland shooting victim and her family online

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.

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Some vowed to march in her honor this coming Saturday at the March For Our Lives.

Gov. Larry Hogan extended condolences to the family and Great Mills community via social media.

As did Sen. Chris Van Hollen.

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.

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