Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Death toll in Ohio school shooting rises to 3

(CBS/AP) CHARDON, Ohio - A third student died Tuesday morning in the surburban Cleveland high school shooting that left two other students dead when a teenager allegedly opened fire in the cafeteria on Monday.

Demetrius Hewlin, a student from Chardon High School, and who was previously listed in critical condition, passed away, according to hospital MetroHealth System. His family released 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."

News of Hewlin's death came hours after another student, Russell King Jr., was declared brain dead, authorities said Tuesday. The Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner's Office received the word about King Jr. just before 1 a.m. Tuesday, office administrator Hugh Shannon said in a statement. It was unclear whether King remained on life support; the statement referred to him as both deceased and brain dead.

"The cause and manner of death of this case are under on-going investigation and will be released upon completion," Shannon said in a statement. A spokeswoman at MetroHealth System said Tuesday morning that no information on his condition was available.

King, 17, was one of five students injured when a suspect identified by a family lawyer as TJ Lane began shooting at Chardon High School Monday morning. King was studying alternative energy at nearby Auburn Career Center and like the others who were shot was waiting for a bus for his daily 15-minute ride to the center. Student Daniel Parmertor died hours after the shooting.

1 comment:

  1. The solution to this is so simply, yet so far away. RESPECT LIFE. If you have read the background on this boy's family...if his father respected his mother, if his classmates respected him and ulitmately, if he held life precious, none of this would ever happen. There is a scar on our society when mother is able to kill her baby, when mother is able to kill the father's child, when mother and father are able to kill a brother our sister, when aunt or uncle kills a niece or nephew. We may not be aware on the material side, of what is going on, but we are killing our spiritual side and moving against the natural law. Moving against the very bonds of family, of child to parents, or siblings and most of all, the bond between mother and child. So again, it is simple RESPECT LIFE at all stages, and in all forms.