ByJancy Richardson, writer at
To avoid fainting, keep repeating 'It's only a movie...It's only a movie...'
Jancy Richardson

Cassidy Stay is a brave girl. When vicious gunman Robert Lee Haskell killed her parents and four siblings in Houston on July 9, Cassidy survived. She was also shot, but escaped and warned her Grandparents about Haskell's rampage. She is only 15.

How anyone could find hope in a situation like this is incredible to me, but Cassidy is an incredible kid.

With the resourcefulness and strength that saved her life, she's found comfort during the tragedy - in Harry Potter.

TIME shared this moving video of Cassidy quoting Professor Dumbledore at the memorial service for her family.

Happiness can be found even in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light.

What happened to Cassidy should never happen to any child. I'm amazed by her positivity, her courage and her resilience.

I've included the Harry Potter quote that Cassidy chose in the hope that others may find strength in Dumbledore's words.


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