CHARDON, Ohio — It was six years ago on Feb. 27, 2012 that gunfire rang out inside the Chardon High School cafeteria.
Three students died: Danny Parmertor, 16; Demetrius Hewlin, 16; and Russell King Jr. 17.
Two others — Joy Rickers and Nick Walczak — were injured.
It wasn’t long before another student — Thomas “T.J.” Lane, 17 — was in police custody.
On Feb. 26, 2013, Lane pleaded guilty to three counts of aggravated murder, two counts of attempted aggravated murder and one count of felonious assault involving the shootings.
He was sentenced to three life sentences on March 19, 2013 by Geauga County Common Pleas Court Judge David Fuhry.
On the day of his sentencing in court, adding Lane made an obscene gesture and cursed at the victims’ families while wearing a T-shirt with “killer” scrawled on it.
Lane used a .22 caliber handgun and admitted shooting 10 rounds.
The community is still healing, and every time there’s another school shooting, residents will tell you, the pain resurfaces.
The community vowed to never forget Demetrius Hewlin, Russel King, and Danny Parmertor.
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