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Girl shot at a St. Mary's County High School dies

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Jaelynn Willey

Jaelynn Willey, 16 years old, died Friday after being taken off life support Thursday night. Her mother, Melissa told reporters at Prince George's Hospital Center that her daughter was being removed from life support because there was no life left in her. 

Willey was shot in her school Tuesday morning by 17-year-old Austin Rollins, who died after being shot by a school resource officer. The shooting happened nearly a week after Great Mills students participated in the “school walkout” on the one-month anniversary of the Parkland shooting. The students called for an end to gun violence and more school safety measures.

Governor Larry Hogan says he is heartbroken to learn of the tragic news regarding Jaelynn Willey. Hogan says no parent should ever be faced with a decision like that and there are no words adequate to express compassion for her loving family and the entire Great Mills community. Hogan says all of Maryland grieves with the family.