16-year-old Maryland school shooting victim dies after going off life support
CHEVERLY, Md. (WJLA) - Jaelynn Rose Willey, the 16-year-old shot Tuesday at a Maryland high school in Great Mills, has died, the St. Mary's County Sheriff's Office announced Friday morning.
Melissa Willey announced Thursday night during a news conference at University of Maryland Prince George’s Hospital Center that her daughter would be taken off life support.
"As of now Jaelynn is still on life support, but she will not make it,” Melissa Willey said. “We will be taking her off life support this evening. She is brain dead. She has no life left in her."
Jaelynn Willey died later that evening at 11:34 p.m., surrounded by her family, according to the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office.
"It is with heavy hearts and great sadness we provide this update," they said in a statement.
Jaelynn Willey was shot in the head by 17-year-old Austin Rollins, a male student, just before 8 a.m. Tuesday in a hallway at Great Mills High School. They had recently ended a relationship, according to authorities.
"All indications suggest the shooting was not a random act of violence," the St. Mary's County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement Wednesday.
Rollins died at University of Maryland Charles Regional Medical Center after exchanging gunfire with school resource officer Blaine Gaskill. Police said Gaskill fired one shot at Rollins, who simultaneously fired a shot as well, though it remains unclear if Gaskill's bullet killed him.
According to a student witness, Rollins held the gun to his head and Gaskill ordered him to drop it.
Desmond Barnes, 14, 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 the Glock handgun used by Rollins in the shooting was legally owned by his father.
Jaelynn Willey was the second oldest of nine children, her mother said.