(CHARDON, Ohio) — The toll in the Chardon High School shooting grew Tuesday with the death of a third shooting victim.
Russell King and Demetrius Hewlin, students wounded in Monday’s shooting, died Tuesday morning, officials said.
“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, 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 losses, 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, was expected to appear in court Tuesday afternoon.
Lane allegedly opened fire with a handgun just before 8 a.m. in the school cafeteria where students were eating breakfast, authorities and witnesses said.
The shooter was chased out of the building by a teacher and was arrested half a mile away near his car.
The suspect is in custody at Geauga County Safety Center.
Chardon is a village in Geauga County about 35 miles east of Cleveland.
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