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Is survivor's brave front hiding trouble to come?

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(CBS 8) - A Texas community continues to rally around a 15-year-old girl who survived a shooting rampage -- allegedly carried out by a man from the North County -- that took the lives of her parents and four young siblings. But her actions in the days following the tragedy have some concerned for her emotional well-being.

It was a deserving hero's welcome for Cassidy Stay, but her demeanor -- just days after being shot in the head and witnessing the murders of her parents and 4 siblings -- caught the attention of local psychiatrist Dr. Mark Kalish.

"This is a young girl who seemingly has no emotional response to her family being killed and the attempted murder of herself," Kalish said.

Kalish says that's not uncommon with young victims, because they have limited life experiences.

"The reality, the intellectual part is there. She gets that, problem is dealing emotionally with the loss of her parents," he said.

Luckily Cassidy is surrounded by loving grandparents who shared at a memorial service over the weekend that Cassidy's 911 call probably saved their lives.

Showing amazing courage, Cassidy also attended that event, which included the releasing of 600 balloons --100 for each of her six family members killed.

I know that my mom, dad, Bryan, Emily, Becca and Zack are in a much better place and that I will be able to see them again one day," she said.

But Kalish says eventually Cassidy will have to deal with the emotional side of her loss, which could surface in several different ways.

"You would probably see problems with sleeping, nightmares, anxiety. She may have trouble being alone, or being around strangers. We will just have to wait and see," he said.

Kalish hopes eventually she will seek professional treatment.

Cassidy also thanked first responders at the service over the weekend, and quoted a Harry Potter line about happiness being found in even the darkest of times.

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