Chick-fil-A holds fundraiser for Stay family

SAN MARCOS - A fundraiser to help the lone survivor of a family massacre in Texas earlier this month that left a couple and four of their five children dead is being held in San Marcos Monday.
 
On Monday, the Chick-fil-A store in San Marcos is donating up to 20 percent of its sales to the Stephen and Katie Stay Memorial between 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. Katie and Stephen Stay grew up in San Marcos, and were very involved in church and active in the community.

 “I couldn’t believe it,” said Bonnie Cosler, who knew the family. “I couldn’t sleep that night. Oh, it was just a rough night.”
 
Cosler knew the family for more than 16 years and used to go to church with them.  Her daughter and the Stay’s first born, Cassidy, were born a week apart.
 
“She was always a good girl,” Cosler added. “An easy first child.”
 
Now, at 15, she’s an only child, without parents.
 
The man suspected of ripping her family away is Ronald Haskell. He’s the man she used to call uncle. Deputies say he went in their home in suburban Houston wanting to know where his ex-wife was. Haskell’s ex-wife was Katie Stay’s sister. They say he gathered the family of seven at gunpoint and wiped them out. However, the bullet grazed Cassidy’s head, so she pretended she was dead. She called 911 and lead deputies right to him.  
 
Friends are trying to move forward by helping Cassidy through the Chick-fil-A fundraiser. Then, they’ll release balloons at Double Peak Park after sunset like they did at the Stay’s memorial service.
 
“It kind of helps you taking it up there to them and know that there’s a bigger plan out there,” Cosler said.”

To donate to the fund click here.

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