JK ROWLING has written a touching letter to the lone survivor of a shooting that left her entire family dead in the US.
The author reached out to brave teenager Cassidy Stay who saw her family murdered by her crazed uncle in Houston, Texas, last month.
The 15-year-old quoted the Harry Potter character Albus Dumbledore at her family’s memorial service by saying: “Happiness can be found even in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light.”
A Facebook campaign was set up in a bid to organise a meeting between Rowling and the teenager – a huge fan of the books about the boy wizard.
The Edinburgh-based writer then responded by sending Cassidy a series of gifts including a wand, a signed book and a handwritten letter by “Dumbledore”.
On July 9, Ronald Lee Haskell, 33, came to the Stays’ home in search of his ex-wife, Cassidy’s aunt. Haskell shot and killed Cassidy’s parents, Stephen and Katie, and her four siblings after they refused to tell him where his ex-wife was.
Cassidy was shot in the head, but survived the shooting by playing dead. She immediately called the police and warned them that Haskell was headed to her grandparents’ home. Her actions have been credited with saving countless lives.
Cassidy made a speech at her family’s memorial service just three days after they were killed.
An announcement on the Facebook page We want JK Rowling to meet Cassidy Stay read: “A friend of Cassidy’s confirmed that JK Rowling did, in fact, write her a personalised letter from ‘Dumbledore’ (hand-written with purple ink).
“She was also sent a wand, an acceptance letter to Hogwarts with a school supply list and the third book with JK’s autograph. I’m so ecstatic that we were all able to make a difference!
“However, I still really want JK Rowling to meet her. We might have to keep this page going until that actually happens.”
Haskell, 33, has been charged with capital murder in connection with the killings.