Mass shooting brings Spring neighborhood to its knees


by Jackie Crea / KHOU 11 News & staff

Posted on July 10, 2014 at 4:24 PM

Updated Thursday, Jul 10 at 5:22 PM

SPRING – The mass shooting of a family of seven Wednesday left neighbors in Spring stunned.

“And I wanted to come by and pray for them right here. And that’s why I really stopped by,” said Patti Beller.

Stephen Stay, 39; his 33-year-old wife Katie; their two boys, ages 4 and 14; and two girls, ages 7 and 9 were shot execution style, according to investigators.

Their oldest daughter survived by playing dead.

The parents weren't home when Ron Haskell, 33, first entered the home and tied up the 5 children, according to court records.

“And [he] awaited the arrival of the parents. Sometime later, the victims were shot in this residence,” said Precinct 4 Constable Ron Hickman.

The gunshots rang out in the Enchanted Oaks subdivision around dinner time.

After the gunman fled, the 15-year-old ran outside screaming.

Constables say she told them that Haskell planned to kill more relatives at another location. Thursday, neighbors were calling her a hero for saving her grandparents’ lives.

“She was surviving, she was struggling. And still she managed to tell, you know, who did that,” said Miguel Palacios.

Mourners dropped by the Stay home throughout the day Thursday to leave flowers and candles.

“You know, I just wish it was a nightmare,” said Ciri Palacios. “And I don’t think I could ever see the house the same way again.

Or to now imagine life without a family they loved so much.