Third student dies in school shooting

Hospital statement says Demetrius Hewlin has died

CHARDON, Ohio | February 28, 2012


A third student has died of gunshot wounds he received in a shooting at a high school cafeteria in Chardon, Ohio, near Cleveland, officials said.

CBS News reported a hospital statement said Demetrius Hewlin, a student from Chardon High School previously listed in critical condition, has died.

His family issued the following statement: "We are very saddened by the loss of our son and others in our Chardon community. 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. We ask that you respect our privacy during this difficult time."

Though it did not give the victim's age, a report in the (Cleveland) Plain Dealer said he was a junior.

Hewlin's death was reported shortly after another student, Russell King Jr., 17, was declared brain dead.

A spokesman for the Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner's Office said the "cause and manner of death of this case are under ongoing investigation and will be released upon completion."

Hospital officials said King was pronounced brain dead Monday at MetroHealth Medical Center in Cleveland and the Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner's office was notified, The Plain Dealer reported.

King and Daniel Parmentor, 16, died and two other students were wounded Monday when a teenage gunman opened fire on students sitting at a table in the Chardon High School cafeteria, officials said.

The suspected shooter was arrested after he was chased out of the school by a teacher. Police said the teen turned himself in to two bystanders on the street.

The lawyer for the boy arrested for the shooting said his client is distraught and remorseful, CNN reported. While authorities hadn't officially identified the suspect, many students described the shooter as a boy named T.J. Lane.

Attorney Bob Farinacci, speaking for Lane's family, told WKYC-TV, Cleveland, Monday the 17-year-old was "extremely remorseful."

"He's very confused. He is very upset," Farinacci said. "This is a very scary circumstance that I don't think he could have possibly even foreseen himself in the middle of."

School was canceled Tuesday. Lane was to appear in juvenile court Tuesday.

King, described as well-liked by both teachers and students, was enrolled at both Chardon High School and Auburn Career Center and studied technologies of alternative energies.

Parmentor's parents called their son's death a senseless tragedy.

"Danny was a bright young boy who had a bright future ahead of him. The family is torn by this loss," the family said in a statement.

Danny Komertz, a freshman, said the shooter seemed focused on specific targets, CNN reported.

"I looked straight ahead and I saw a gun pointing at a group of four guys sitting at a table. He just fired two quick shots at them," Komertz said. "He was aiming right at them as he was 2 feet away. ... He wasn't shooting around the cafeteria at all. He was directly aiming at the four of them."

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