15-year-old Texas mass shooting survivor speaks out

SPRING, TX (KTRK/CNN) — The Texas teenager who was the only survivor of a shooting that killed her parents and four siblings is thanking her community.

Standing tall, smiling and waving.

“That is her mother’s spirit,” her grandfather Roger Lyons said.

Like a beauty queen being welcomed home.

“I love you guys,” Cassidy Stay said.

Cassidy is actually so much more.

“We continue to be in awe, how she was able to save us,” Lyons said.

The nightmare captivated an entire nation.

How could anyone survive a mass shooting?

“She had been shot and had witnessed the murder of her mother, father and siblings,” Lyons said.

And lived to tell her tale.

Her grandfather said Cassidy told them angels were there inside that home as one by one her parents and siblings were executed.

Those angels she said gave her one message.

Stay quiet.

“We have wondered in the course of the past three days whether those angels might have been her brothers and sisters,” Lyons said.

When accused killer Ron Lee Haskell left the home, Cassidy called police — preventing even more bloodshed.

“Hey guys,” Cassidy said.

For the first time, Cassidy broke her silence.

“I know that my mom, dad, Brian, Emily, Becca and Zach are in a much better place and that I will be able to see them again one day,” Cassidy said.

For now she hopes her angels get these messages.

“Our community is amazing, absolutely amazing,” Cassidy said.

Written and tied to balloons by hundreds of people.

Released to the heavens.

The 15-year-old found comfort and hope in a quote from Harry Potter.

“In the ‘Prisoner of Azkaban,’ Dumbledore says ‘Happiness can be found even in the darkest of times. If one only remembers to turn on the light,’” Cassidy said.

That light now shinning brightly and guiding the path of the young girl who has lost so much in her darkest hour.

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