Funeral held for 16-year-old girl killed in Maryland high school shooting


The 16-year-old girl killed in last week's deadly shooting at a Maryland high school was laid to rest Friday.

The funeral service for Jaelynn Willey was held at the Hollywood Volunteer Fire Department in Hollywood, Maryland.

Willey was shot in the head by 17-year-old Austin Rollins just before 8 a.m. on March 20 in a hallway at Great Mills High School in Great Mills. She died two days later after she was taken off life support.

Rollins and Willey had recently ended a relationship, according to authorities.

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Willey was taken to University of Maryland Prince George’s Hospital Center with life-threatening injuries following the shooting where she died.

The St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office announced Tuesday that Rollins fatally shot himself in the head after he was confronted by school resource officer Blaine Gaskill in a hallway as he continued walking through the school after the shooting began. Gaskill also simultaneously fired one non-fatal shot, which struck the weapon in Rollins’ hand.

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According to a student witness, Rollins held the gun to his head and Gaskill ordered him to drop it.

Gaskill was not injured.

Following his death, Rollins was transported to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Baltimore for an autopsy.

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Fourteen-year-old Desmond Barnes was also injured in the shooting when he was shot in the leg in the same hallway. He was released Wednesday from MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital where he had been transported for treatment.

An investigation has determined Rollins fired a single shot from a Glock handgun that struck both Willey and Barnes. The gun has been determined to be legally owned by his father.

Current students, alumni and members of the community participated in a peace rally Sunday to show their support for students, school staff and first responders. Both Willey and Barnes' families attended, with Barnes' mother addressing the crowd.

Willey was the second oldest of nine children, according to her mother.

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