Second student, Russell King Jr., dies after shooting rampage at Chardon High School
Mike Waterhouse, newsnet5.com
6:28 AM, Feb 28, 2012
1:38 PM, Feb 22, 2017
CHARDON, Ohio - A second student has died after a shooting rampage at Chardon High School that ended with five shot and one under arrest.
The Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner’s Office said 17-year-old Russell King Jr. died at MetroHealth Medical Center. Information about his death was released early Tuesday morning.
The medical examiner said it was notified by MetroHealth that King was pronounced brain dead on Monday.
King's family issued this statement late Tuesday afternoon: "We would like to thank the public for their continued support. We would also like to extend our sympathy to the families of the victims of this senseless tragedy. We ask that Russell be remembered for who he was, a strong boy with a big heart. He will be missed by many. He was so full of life and we are honoring his wishes to help others by donating his organs. Please respect our privacy during this difficult time."
King was taken to MetroHealth Medical Center, along with 16-year-old Daniel Parmertor, who was the first to die. One other shooting victim was taken to the same hospital and last reported to be in critical condition.
Two other victims taken to Hillcrest Hospital were a 17-year-old boy, who is in serious condition, and an 18-year-old girl, who is in stable condition, a hospital representative said Monday afternoon.
Police said the gunman who opened up fire in the school early Monday turned himself in after a teacher apparently chased him out of the building.
Sources close to the investigation identified the suspect as 17-year-old TJ Lane.
"Russell didn't move at all because I don't think he really knew," said Nate Mueller, who was at a cafeteria table with three of the victims. "That shot I saw TJ take as I turned around had hit Russell and he was over the table in like a puddle of blood."
"I heard three (shots). The initial one that made me look, the one that I believe hit either Russell or Demitrius and then the third one that hit me," said Mueller, whose ear was grazed by a bullet.
Donations to King's family to cover expenses can be made at any Key Bank or Huntington Bank location.