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Funeral to be held for six killed in Texas family shooting


HOUSTON, July 16 (Reuters) - A funeral service is planned on Wednesday for six members of a Texas family shot dead execution-style in their home last week, a killing spree that prompted shock and sorrow in their suburban Houston community of Spring.

Stephen Stay, 39, his wife Katie, 33, and their children Bryan, 13, Emily, 9, Rebecca, 7, and Zach, 4, will be remembered in a funeral to be held at a Mormon church inHouston that starts at 2:00 p.m. local time (1900 GMT).

Private burials will then be held at an undisclosed location, the Houston Chroniclereported.

Police said Ronald Lee Haskell, 33, entered the Stay house on July 10 posing as a delivery man and searching for his former wife, Katie's sister. He then tied each member up and shot them in the head, authorities said.

Haskell has been charged with capital murder, which brings the possibility of the death penalty in Texas. He collapsed in a Houston court on Friday when details of the murder were recounted by prosecutors.

One person survived the attack: the Stays' 15-year-old daughter Cassidy, who suffered a glancing bullet wound to the head and was left for dead by the gunman.

After the gunman left, Cassidy called the 911 emergency number, alerting police about the attack, police said. She also told them the gunman was looking to kill more relatives nearby. Police intercepted him before he arrived.