The community of Chardon, Ohio - a suburb outside of Cleveland - was rocked by a school shooting on Monday, Feb. 27. Three of the five students hit by gunfire - Russell King Jr., Demetrius Hewlin and Daniel Parmertor - died from their injuries. Two other shooting victims are expected to recover. The school district is not expected to reopen until Mar. 2
Authorities arrested 17-year-old T.J. Lane for the incident. Lane confessed to taking a .22 caliber handgun along with a knife to Chardon High School. He also admitted to firing 10 shots, and selecting victims at random.
On the night of Feb. 28, almost 5,000 people attended a candlelight vigil at a church to remember the victims. The crowd expressed their appreciation of teachers who acted to prevent Lane from shooting more people.
The shooting brought back haunting memories of the Virginia Tech shooting in 2007, where a lone gunman killed 33 people, and the Columbine High School shooting in 1999 that claimed the lives of 12 students and one teacher.
As of press time, Lane had not been formally charged, but prosecutors are expected to do so by the Mar. 1 deadline, as they seek to charge Lane as an adult for the shooting.
Local Talk expresses its condolences to those affected by this tragedy.