Third student dies in Ohio school shooting

CHARDON, OH (WOIO) - A third student has died after being shot at Chardon High School on Monday. Demetrius Hewlin passed away this morning.

His family made 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."

Five students were shot at Chardon High early Monday morning by a student gunman, who witnesses have identified as 17-year-old TJ Lane.

The shootings occurred just before the start of classes Monday morning around 7:40AM in the area of the school's cafeteria. Lane reportedly opened fire, shooting five students.

Three of the shooting victims, 17-year-old Russell King, Jr., 16-year-old Daniel Parmertor and Demetrius Hewlin, all died at MetroHealth Medical Center.

At Hillcrest Hospital, 17-year-old Nick Walczak remains in serious condition and 18-year-old Joy Rikers is in stable condition.

Family members of Daniel Parmertor released the following statement Monday afternoon:

"We are shocked by this senseless tragedy. Danny was a bright young boy who had a bright future ahead of him. The family is torn by this loss. We ask that you respect our privacy during this difficult time. "

During Lane's shooting rampage, teacher Frank Hall chased the teen away from the building. He later surrendered to innocent bystanders about one hour later. Lane is reportedly cooperating with police and will make his first court appearance this afternoon.

The entire school district has been closed since the deadly shooting.

Superintendent Joe Bergant said faculty and staff should report to Chardon High School and faculty and staff for grades K-8 will report to Munson Elementary School on Wednesday at 9AM. Counselors will be on hand if needed. On Thursday, parents and students are invited to the high school, also at 9AM. On Friday, March 2nd, classes will resume.

A vigil will be held tonight at 7PM at the Church of Saint Mary on North Street in Chardon.

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