(ABC) The toll in the Chardon High School shooting grew today with the death of a third shooting victim.
Russell King and Demetrius Hewlin, students wounded in Monday’s shooting, died this morning, officials said today.
“We are very saddened by the loss of our son and others in our Chardon community,” Hewlin’s family said in a statement. “Demetrius was a happy young man who loved life and his family and friends. We will miss him very much but we are proud that he will be able to help others through organ donation.”
They added, “We ask that you respect our privacy during this difficult time.”
Earlier today, King, 17, was pronounced brain dead at 12:42 a.m. at Ohio’s MetroHealth Medical Center, according to the Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner’s Office. At 4:49 a.m., police were informed that King had “passed.”
Another victim, identified by MetroHealth Hospital as Daniel Parmertor died from the wounds on Monday, hours after being shot.
As the Ohio town coped with the carnage, the focus turned to alleged shooter T.J. Lane who a fellow student and witness identified as the person who shot up his school cafeteria Monday. Two other students remain hospitalized.
Lane, a juvenile, is expected to appear in court this afternoon.
Nate Mueller, a student who was sitting with three friends who were shot, described Lane to ABC News as “a quiet kid. Freshman year he got into a ‘goth’ phase and didn’t talk to that many people anymore. He never egged anybody on. He just went about his business.”
Some classmates described Lane as an outcast who’d been bullied. In late December, he posted a poem on his Facebook page that read: “He longed for only one thing, the world to bow at his feet,” and ended ominously: “Die, all of you.”
But other classmates say Lane had friends and wasn’t bullied.
“He had friends. He was quiet,” Chardon High School student Tyler Lillash said. “From what I heard he posted some pictures on Twitter of, like, some dude holding guns. But other than that I don’t really know. I don’t think he was bullied, though.”
Lillash was a good friend of Parmertor, one of the teens who died, and said he “started crying uncontrollably” when he heard the news of his friend’s death.
Is there a bigger coward move than to walk into your high school and start shooting at innocent students and faculty? Everytime I hear shit like this it makes me cringe. Yeah I get that kids are bullied mercilessly and but in no way does shooting up a school justify being bullied…
Could you imagine this happening at your school? Like one minute you’re talkin with your buddies at your locker and the next minute some coward kills them for no good reason… I can’t even imagine what it must be like for the kids that experience shit like this… I remember the first time I heard about Columbine was in 3rd grade and I had no idea how anyone could walk into a school and start shooting random people…. and I still dont and dont think I ever will