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1,000 people marched to Chardon High School showing solidarity after shootings

CHARDON, Ohio | March 1, 2012

"we don't need to be afraid because we have each other"

—Jorian DeFelice

About 1,000 people marched from a historic square in Chardon, Ohio, to Chardon High School, showing solidarity Thursday after three students were shot to death.

Students were coming back to the school for the first time since the shootings Monday, The (Cleveland) Plain Dealer reported.

"We're together in this. We don't need to be afraid because we have each other," freshman Jorian DeFelice said. At a bandstand along the route of the half-mile march, a girl told the crowd, "We are one school, one town, one heartbeat."

Two girls at the bandstand, which has become a shrine with signs and flowers, also offered a brief prayer, the newspaper said.

A large crowd near the school, as well as drivers waiting in traffic, began to applaud the marchers.

Meanwhile, authorities face a deadline to file charges against the teenager accused of killing three high school students and wounding two others at the school.

A judge ordered prosecutors to file charges against T.J. Lane by Thursday, CNN reported.

Geauga County Prosecutor David Joyce has said Lane likely would be charged with three counts of aggravated murder and tried as an adult in Monday's shooting in the Chardon High School cafeteria.

The 17-year-old Lane, a sophomore, has confessed to carrying a .22-caliber gun and a knife to Chardon High School and opening fire, Joyce said.

Three people died from the shooting. Daniel Parmertor, 16, died Monday; Demetrius Hewlin, 16, died Tuesday; and Russell King Jr., 17, was declared brain dead Tuesday. Two other students were injured.

President Barack Obama called Chardon High School principal Andy Fetchik Wednesday to offer condolences to the school and community, The Plain Dealer reported. A White House official said Obama was heartbroken and asked how the principal and the school community were doing.

Court records indicated Lane has a disorderly conduct conviction as a juvenile and was sentenced to up to 30 days in a detention center, fined, and ordered to complete 24 hours of community service, CNN said. He also recently had his driver's license reinstated after it was suspended for 2 1/2 months for a ticket.

Classmates said Lane had a tough childhood. The Plain Dealer reported both of his parents have been charged with domestic violence against each other and his father had served time for assaulting a police officer, among other things.

"I think there's a lot of kids that go through things like that. That doesn't give them the right to kill other people," Bob Parmertor, Daniel Parmertor's grandfather, told CNN. "They're five families including ours that have been affected by this. No one has the right to shoot other people because they've had a rough life."

Classes in the suburban Cleveland community are scheduled resume Friday.

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