Thursday, July 17, 2014

Funeral held for 6 slain family members in Texas

Cassidy Stay, center, is comforted as she watches the caskets of her family be loaded into waiting hearses outside The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints after a funeral service for her family Wednesday, July 16, 2014, in Houston. 

Slaying victims Stephen Stay, 39, his 34-year-old wife, Katie, and their four youngest children were shot to death last week in their suburban Houston home. The oldest child Cassidy, 15, survived the attack by playing dead, called police and identified her uncle, 33-year-old Ronald Lee Haskell, as the gunman. David J. Phillip, Associated Press (Deseret News)

"In a description of his loved ones' lives, Randy Cousins, an uncle, said the extended family was grateful for support from "friends, family and people we have never met."
"If there's one thing we've learned as a family, it is that the world is a good place," Cousins said. "If you watch the news all the time, you might not remember that."
"Families are forever," Jeff Stay, one of Stephen's brothers, said, his voice halting. "We know we will meet them again."
They were the people, despite the chaos of life, who were always looking for happiness and looking to do something better. Katie Stay was adamant about teaching her kids to do better every day and to treat people better every day. And because of that we all wanted to be better and wanted to be around them.” (Tom Mixon)

President Monson Sends Condolences to Texas Shooting Survivor at Family Funeral 

........."Concluding the service was Elder Bradley Foster who began with a personal letter from Church president Thomas S. Monson. In the heartfelt letter of condolence, Monson marveled at Cassidy’s remarkable strength, testimony, and courage.
The letter encouraged her to continue in fasting and prayer for help, reminding her that she was sealed to a family, an ordinance that binds families together forever.
Monson also promised that she would find strength as she followed the Savior.".........

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