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Tuesday 12 December 2017

A 15-year-old girl who survived an attack in which her parents and four younger siblings were killed says she is on the road to recovery.

A 15-year-old girl who survived an attack in which her parents and four younger siblings were killed says she is on the road to recovery.

Cassidy Stay thanked first responders while speaking to a crowd at an elementary school in her hometown of Spring, the Houston Chronicle reported. It was her first public appearance since the shootings.

"Happiness can be found even in the darkest of times, if one remembers to turn on the light," Cassidy said, paraphrasing a quote by Albus Dumbledore, the headmaster of the Hogwarts school of wizards from the Harry Potter books.

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She was released from a hospital on Friday, two days after the attack in which her skull was fractured by a bullet graze.

Authorities say her aunt's ex-husband, Ronald Lee Haskell, stormed into the family's home last Wednesday and fatally shot her parents and four siblings, who ranged in age from four to 13.

Cassidy survived by playing dead and called police to warn that Haskell intended to go to her grandparents' house next.

A video on KPRC-TV's website shows Cassidy's grandfather, Roger Lyons, saying that "without her courage and quick thinking we might be mourning the death 20 people today, including myself and nearly all of my children and grandchildren".

Cassidy recalled feeling as if angels were with her whispering to her to be quiet, Mr Lyons said.

"We have wondered whether those angels might have been her brothers and sisters," he said.

People attending the ceremony released hundreds of balloons and tied ribbons of different colours to trees in remembrance of the family.

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