Nearly two weeks after the tragic shooting that killed six family members in Houston, San Marcos residents are remembering the parents who once lived in the North County by raising money for their only surviving daughter.
People flooded into the Chick-Fil-A restaurant at 587 Grand Avenue Monday, where 20 percent of today’s proceeds will go to funeral expenses for the Stay family and to support 15-year-old Cassidy, the only member of her family to escape the shooting alive.
On July 9, Stephen and Katie Stay and their children Bryan, 13, Emily, 9, Rebecca, 7, and Zach, 4, were shot execution-style in their Texas home. Police say the suspect is Ronald Lee Haskell, the ex-husband of Katie’s sister.
"Their murders were horrible and I'm just very sad for their family and that something like that can happen to somebody,” said Tamber Moles Garcia, who grew up with Katie and organized the Chick-Fil-A fundraiser.
She and other supporters donned teal clothes at the benefit to remember the family. It was the color the Stays wore in a family photo that has circulated throughout the country.
After the fundraiser ends around 7 p.m. Monday, friends of the family plan to gather at Double Peak Park to for a balloon releasing ceremony.
"I hope that we'll have some closure and be able to all gather together to think of the memories we had with Katie and help her daughter move on with her life with all the support that we can give from our community as well as their community,” said Moles Garcia.
Although Cassidy did survive the shooting, she did not come away unscathed. The bullet shot at her grazed her head, but she was able to call police and tell them her ex-uncle was planning to kill her grandparents as well, investigators say.
Inspired by her bravery, people around the country have donated to a Go Fund Me account in Cassidy’s honor.
The fund has raised more than $360,000.
At a memorial service, Cassidy said she knows her family is in a much better place and that she’ll “see them again one day.”