Heartbreaking New Details About The Teen Girl Killed By The Maryland School Shooter Because Of A Recent Breakup

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New Details About Teen Girl The Maryland Shooter May Have Targeted
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Jaelynn Willey was just 16.

The Maryland shooter allegedly had one target in mind — his ex-girlfriend.

Austin Wyatt Rollins, 17, was gunned down by a Great Mills High School Resource Officer, County Sheriff’s Deputy Blaine Gaskill, Tuesday after he shot Jaelynn Willey, 16, in the head, and wounded another student in the leg.

Rollins and the female victim had a prior relationship that recently ended,” the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement, NBC reports.

Police believe Rollins intended to kill Jealynn for personal reasons, possibly a recent breakup.


“All indications suggest the shooting was not a random act of violence,” police said in a statement.

Willey died at 11:34 p.m. Thursday when her parents took her off life support, according to the Baltimore Sun.

"She will not make it," her mother, Melissa Willey, said during a news conference Thursday night before the family pulled the plug. "She's brain-dead and has nothing — no life left in her."

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The St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office released a statement announcing her death.

“It is with heavy hearts and great sadness we provide this update,” the Sheriff’s Office said in a statement.

In a press conference Thursday night Melissa said she felt it was necessary to share her family’s decision to take Jaelynn off of life support at the University of Maryland Prince George’s Hospital Center.

"On Tuesday ... our lives changed completely and totally forever,” Melissa said. “My daughter was hurt by a boy who shot her in the head and took everything from our lives.”

She reminisced about her daughter during her speech and again in a statement released by the family.

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“Jaelynn is an amazing young lady, whose peaceful presence and love of her fellow students and family is known throughout her Maryland-based school,” the Willey family said in a statement.

Jaelynn left behind seven younger siblings and one older.

It is hard for us not to see her shining, smiling face right now, and to see her light up the room with her presence,” the statement continued.


A YouCaring donation page was set up by a friend in support of Jaelynn and her family.

“Please help support the Willey family through this trying time,” the YouCaring page reads. “…Please pray for her siblings and send love to them as well. This is an amazing tight-knit family full of love that you are helping. Your generous donations and many, many good thoughts and prayers are so appreciated.”

The fundraising page had raised over $82,000 by Friday morning.

“Now more than ever we need to stand together as a school community to love, cherish, and support one another,” Principal Jake Heibel said in a statement on the school’s website. “We have and we will continue to stay strong, stay together, and find a way to get through this.”

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