Jaelynn Willey
Jaelynn Willey (Courtesy photo)

A 16-year-old girl wounded this week in the shooting at Great Mills High School in St. Mary’s County, Maryland, has died after being taken off life support, her family announced Thursday night.

Jaelynn Willey was wounded when Austin Wyatt Rollins, 17, opened fire Tuesday in one of the school’s hallways, hitting her and a fellow student.

Rollins, also a student at the school, had a previous relationship with Jaelynn, authorities said. He died Tuesday at a hospital from a gunshot wound, but authorities haven’t determined if the wound was self-inflicted or if he was struck when a school resource officer fired his weapon at him.

A 14-year-old boy shot in the thigh was released from the hospital Wednesday.

Meanwhile, hundreds of thousands of students from across the country are expected to converge Saturday near the White House for the “March for Our Lives” protest calling for stricter gun control.

Also participating will be students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, where 17 students and staff members were killed by a lone gunman on Feb. 14. As part of an effort to increase security at the school, students will return to class after spring break having to wear see-through backpacks.

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