Hollywood, MD – On an overcast Good Friday dozens of family members and friends arrived at the Hollywood Volunteer Fire Department hall for a last goodbye to Jaelynn Rose Willey. The 16-year-old passed away March 22, the victim of a shooting at Great Mills High School. Officers from the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Department, particularly members of the K-9 unit escorted the immediate family, pallbearers and the teen’s casket into the hall.

Attendees were given a program filled with pictures of Jaelynn—images of her competitively swimming, on vacation, displaying her honor society certificate and celebrating Halloween. A poem, “A Special Angel in Heaven,” was also in the program. A separate card contained the recipe for “Jaelynn’s Best Ever Chocolate Chip Cookies.”

Among the attendees was House of Representatives Minority Whip Congressman Steny Hoyer, who learned of the family’s excruciating decision to remove Jaelynn from life support while addressing attendees at a political event in Chesapeake Beach. Hoyer immediately called for a moment of silence.

Standing outside the hall was Rocky Twyman, a longtime activist who told TheBayNet.com he came to Hollywood to deliver handmade sympathy cards to the Willey family. Days before, the cards had been signed by several people outside National Cathedral.

At the family’s request, no media were allowed inside the hall. Jaelynn Rose Willey’s burial was private.

Contact Marty Madden at marty.madden@thebaynet.com