A third victim has died as the result of a school shooting in Ohio yesterday. 17-year-old TJ Lane went on a shooting rampage in the cafeteria of Chardon High School in Chardon, Ohio, Monday. Lane gunned down 5 students, killing Daniel Parmertor, 16, and Russell King Jr, 17, yesterday. Demetrius Hewlin was the third victim to die Tuesday. 2 other students remain hospitalized from gunshot wounds.
Demetrius’ family described him as a happy boy. “We are very saddened by the loss of our son and others in our Chardon community,” a family statement said.
The statement continued: “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.”
The rampage occurred around 7:30 a.m. local time on Monday as the students were sitting down to breakfast in the cafeteria. The shooting ended when Chardon football coach Frank Hall chased Lane out of the school. Students and teachers are praising Hall for his bravery and quick thinking. “Coach Hall, he always talks about how much he cares about us students, his team and everyone,” student Neil Thomas told CNN.
Lane was apprehended late Monday afternoon after police used K-9 units to track him down. He was taken into custody without incident in a residential neighborhood.
Students described Lane as a “loner” who was “bullied.” Lane’s first victim, Russell King Jr., had begun dating Lane’s ex-girlfriend. And on Dec. 20, Lane went on a Facebook rant which ended with the words “Die, all of you.” However, local police and federal agents will not speculate on the motive for the shootings.